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Editors'  Message    6 

Elchanite  Staff    7 

Dedication   9 

Introduction     11 

Chapter  One:  First  Impressions 12 

Chapter  Two:   Freshman  Year 16 

Chapter  Three:  Sophomore  Year 20 

Chapter  Four:  Junior  Year 24 

Chapter  Five:  Senior  Year 28 

Senior  Pictures   34 

Chapter  Six:  Student  Council  Activities 62 

Fall  Student  Council 63 

Spring  Student  Council 64 

Student  Council  Committees  and  Chairmen 65 

Service  Squad  66 

Chapter  Seven:   School  Functions 

Arista    - 67 

Senior  Council 68 

Dormitory  Council    69 

Library  70 

Orchestra   70 

Chapter  Eight:  School  Publications 

The  Academy  News 71 

Ledger 75 

Themes     '. 76 

T.A.  Scientific    76 

Hatchiyah 77 

Elchanite    78 

Chapter  Nine:  School  Teams 

Math  Team   80 

Senior  Intramural  Basketball  Team 81 

Chess  Team 82 

Checker  Team 83 

Debating  Team 84 

Fencing  Team 85 

Basketball  Team 86 

Baseball  Team 96 


Administration  Message   97 

(bcidors'  1 1  Lessage 

Joel     H.     Kaplan 

Norman     Palefsk! 

The  graduating  class  of  Talmudical  Academy  entrusted  us  with  the  pubhca- 
tion  of  our  class  yearbook.  Throughout  tlie  year,  we  worked  to  the  best  of  our 
ability,  cognizant  of  the  responsibility  of  presenting  a  suitable  testimonial  to  our 
four  years  of  secondary  schooling.  A  good  yearbook  is  not  achieved  simply  by 
die  work  of  the  editors  as  their  efforts  are  only  successful  if  they  have  a  good 
staff.  Therefore,  before  we  proceed  with  tlie  dedication  and  introduction  of  the 
34th  edition  of  the  Elchanite,  we  would  like  to  take  this  opportunit\'  to  single  out 
a  few  of  the  more  deserving  members  of  the  staff: 

Sidney  Rosdeitcher,  Literary  Editor,  without  whose  help  tlie  aims  and  pur- 
poses of  this  yearbook  could  never  have  been  attained.  All  the  literary  material 
contained  herein  constitutes  a  fitting  attestation  to  his  able  pen  and  nimble  mind. 

Jay  Braverman,  Sidney  Brichto,  and  Melvin  Simon,  Assistant  Literan.'  Editors, 
who  provided  valuable  aid  to  Sidney  in  accomplishing  his  task. 

Elly  Gross  and  Jackie  Gartenberg,  Business  Managers,  who  solicited  the 
required  funds  together  with  their  able  Assistant  Business  Managers,  Morton 
Seligman,  Alan  Englart,  and  John  Steindecker. 

Jerr}'  Witkin,  Art  Editor,  helped  considerably  by  three  Juniors,  Bernard 
Stollman,  Allan  Zwiebel,  and  Jack  Biderman  are  responsible  for  the  art  work  in 
this  book. 

Monte  Nussbaum,  Editor  of  the  Photography  Staff,  technically  aided  by  Paul 
Leiberman  and  Morton  Gerstein,  a  Junior,  accomplished  their  work  creditably 

Bernard  Kosowsky,  the  Copy  Editor,  Philip  Podelsky  and  Marcel  Halberstadt, 
industrious  members,  and  the  staff  worked  long  and  hard  in  helping  to  do  tlieir 

Special  thanks  go  to  Mr.  Emanuel  Leibel,  our  faculty  adNdsor,  and  Mr.  Sidney 
Timm,  our  printer,  for  their  sound  counsel  tliroughout  the  year. 

We  would  like  to  sum  up  our  appreciation  to  our  entire  staff  by  a  simple  but 
deeply  heartfelt  salutation.  Thank  you  \-ery  much  for  a  job  well  done. 

And  now,  before  we  continue  the  editors'  message  with  the  dedication,  we 
present  on  the  follo\\ang  iew  pages  the  pictures  of  our  staff. 

Governing  Board 

Sidney   Rosdettche 
Literary     Editor 

Monte    Nussbau 
Photography      Edi' 

Associate  Editors  and  Staff 

Elchanite   staff:    left   to    right,   first   row:    Englart,    Frucher,    Weisenberg,   Berger,  Olim,   Podelsky,   Sellgman,  Weintraub;  second   row: 
Zwiebel,    Rothberger,    Biderman,    Pollack,    Packman,    Halberstadt,    Rechtschaffen,    Liebermcn,    Gerstein,    Lustig,    Hirschmon,    Siegel, 

Becker,  Sheinfeld. 



The  Senior  Class  of  1954  feels  privileged  to  be  able  to  dedicate  its  yearbook 
to  one  of  the  finest  faculties  ever  assembled  in  any  high  school. 

The  combined  talents  of  this  group  of  men  has  gained,  for  Talmudical  Acad- 
emy, the  reputation  of  being  one  of  the  superior  high  schools  in  the  City.  Their 
unselfish  efforts  on  behalf  of  the  students  can  neither  pass  unnoticed  nor  be  for- 
gotten. Their  amicabilitv'  and  sincerity,  combined  with  their  interest  in  student 
affairs,  have  brought  about  a  truly  wonderful  relationsliip  between  faculty  and 

This  dedication  is  (and  can  only  be),  a  very  small  token  of  our  appreciation 
for  the  wonderful  benefits  that  we  have  derived  from  the  endeavors  of  our  teachers 
throughout  our  four  year  stay  at  Talmudical  Academy. 

According  to  our  code  of  living,  a  teacher  holds  an  exti'emely  important  posi- 
tion in  the  communifrs'.  It  goes,  without  saying,  that  the  Talmudical  Academv's 
educators  are  firm  proof  of  this  belief. 

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The  theme  of  this  book  is  the  class  of  54's  four  yeac  stay  at  Talmudical 
Academy.  The  WALLS  of  the  school  are  employed  as  the  means  of  expressing  the 
theme.  The  literary  material  is  compiled  in  the  form  of  a  novel. 

Within  the  framework  of  the  previous  paragraph  lies  the  entire  story  of  the 
1954  Elchanite.  The  editors,  working  together  with  the  literary  staff,  at  the  begin- 
ning of  this  year,  decided  to  publish  an  Elchanite  which  would  be  new  and  strik- 
ingly different  from  Elchanites  of  prior  years.  (These  were  all  essentially  the  same 
in  their  format  and  presentation  of  literary  material.)  We  selected  the  basic  sub- 
ject of  any  Senior  class  book,  the  experiences  of  the  Senior  class  in  their  four 
years  in  school,  and  developed  it  as  our  own  major  theme.  Then,  influenced  by 
the  reading  of  Thornton  Wilder's  play,  "Our  Town",  we  sought  a  method  whereby 
we  could  convey  the  theme  throughout  the  entire  book.  This  vehicle's  purpose 
was  to  establish  continuity  while  acting  as  a  narrator  of  the  book.  We  found  it 
befitting  and  symbolic  to  employ  the  WALLS  of  our  own  school  building,  where 
all  our  experiences,  both  sad  and  joyous,  had  taken  place. 

Once  we  had  established  a  theme  and  a  means  of  presenting  it,  we  took 
stock  of  our  talents  and  decided  to  place  the  main  emphasis  on  our  literary 
ability,  since  it  was  our  forte.  Thus  was  born  the  idea  of  writing  our  book  as 
close  to  novel  form  as  possible,  incorporating  the  pictures  and  art  work  as  an 
integral  part  of  the  written  material  and  not  as  separate  entities. 

Within  the  chapters  of  the  book  the  various  occurrences  that  the  class  has 
experienced  and  the  major  activities  which  they  have  'participated  in  are  related. 
When  combined,  they  present  a  rich  and  meaningful  portrayal  of  our  four  years 
in  Talmudical  Academy. 

One  phase  of  our  life  draws  to  a  close.  The  Elchanite,  we  believe, 
describes  it.  Ahead,  lies  the  future. 

Joel   H.   Kaplan,   Norman    Palefski 

Sfirst  Ui, 




THE  HALLS  are  dark.  A  bare  electric  bulb 
glares  eerily  over  the  stairway.  The  silence 
is  broken  only  by  a  passing  bus.  The 
brakes  groan  and  then  stillness.  I  heave  an  in- 
audible sigh.  The  indecencies  and  discomfort  a 
WALL  in  a  school  must  suffer  have  ceased.  I 
have  received  a  respite  for  two  months.  Tonight, 
I  witnessed  the  graduation  of  the  class  of  '54. 
Next  September,  a  new  group  of  youngsters, 
bearing  the  same  appearance  as  these  graduates 
bore  on  a  cool,  crisp  autumn  morn  four  hectic, 
happy  years  ago,  will  once  more  torment  me. 

I  was  aroused  tliat  September  morning  in 
1950  by  a  heart  stirring  eulogy  lamenting  the 
passing  summer,  accompanied  by  the  wails  of 
students  who  finally  realized  that  school  had  be- 
gun. Staring  up  at  me  with  awe  was  a  small 
group  of  students  bedecked  in  blue  serge  Bar 
Mitzvah  suits  and  brandishing  enormous  brief 
cases.  They  climbed  the  steps  ceremoniously  and 
walked  cautiously  through  the  halls  as  if  tread- 
ing on  holy  ground.  The  look  of  bewilderment  on 
their  faces  rendered  them  innocent  prey  to  the 

fiendish  plots  of  insidious  upper  classmen.  If 
only  I  could  warn  that  chubby  youngster  not  to 
buy  that  elevator  pass.  Too  late:  well,  he'll  know 
better  next  time.  Some  proceeded  up  the  stairs 
towards  their  newly  assigned  classrooms,  while 
others  searched  vainly  for  the  much  publicized 
swimming  pool.  The  bell  rang  and  the  young 
explorers  iiished  to  their  respective  classes. 

The  new  students  separated  into  groups,  cling- 
ing to  old  acquaintances.  There  was  an  ex-pect- 
ant  buzz  in  the  air,  which  was  halted  by  the 
entrance  of  the  Rabbi.  Under  his  arm,  he  carried 
varied  literature  which  included  last  Sunday's 
Times'  Magazine  Section,  the  Brooklyn  Museum 
Report  on  Ancient  Ethiopian  Manuscripts,  and 
the  current  edition  of  The  Ladies  Home  Journal. 
E\eryone  filed  to  his  seat.  The  teacher  began 
to  speak  in  a  strange  language  which  vaguely 
resembled  the  language  of  each  pupil's  former 
rabbi.  The  rest  of  the  morning  flew  by,  each 
hour  quicker  than  the  last.  Finally,  at  one  o'clock, 
the  bell  rang  liberating  the  newcomers.  They 
marched  out  of  the  class  lunch  bags  in  hand. 


Everyone  rushed  towards  the  "spacious",  "well 
decorated"  cafeteria  where  the  famished  student 
could  sometimes  lose  his  hunger  but  more  often 
his  appetite.  Amid  the  soft  music  of  exploding 
milk  containers  and  loud  remarks  pertaining  to 
the  quality  of  the  food,  the  young  Freshmen  fin- 
ished their  large  meals,  and  well  satisfied,  they 
waddled  from  the  cafeteria  and  proceeded  noisi- 
ly to  the  auditorium. 

As  they  arrived,  the  freshmen  were  attracted 
by  a  fiery,  energetic  speaker.  He  was  pale  and 
drawn  but  there  was  fire  burning  in  his  eyes, 
ignited  by  the  ideals  which  consumed  his  soul. 

"Comrades,  we  must  unite.  We  must  over- 
throw the  bourgeois  administration.  Primarily, 
we  must  stand  for  equality  of  marks.  Co-opera- 
tion in  tests  must  be  a  basic  principle  of  our 
doctrine  of  student  rights.  We  must  champion 
the  cause  of  improving  student  life  in  this  insti- 
tution. I  have  a  brief  program  which  would  be  a 
stepping  stone  in  that  direction: 

1)  In  order  to  round  out  the  education  of 
the  student,  courses  in  ballet,  social  etiquette, 
and  folk  dancing  should  be  established. 

2)  For  a  more  lively  atmosphere,  a  juke  box 
should  be  installed  in  the  study  hall.  Dr.  Shapiro 
should  have  full  control  over  selection  of  records. 

3)  1-1 " 

A  hush  fell  over  the  auditorium.  The  young 
agitator   scampered  under   a   seat   and   all   eyes 

turned  to  a  diminutive  but  dignified  figure  who 
proceeded  confidently  down  the  aisle.  He  rose 
to  the  rostrum  and,  as  the  suspense  mounted, 
he  began  to  speak. 

"Welcome  to  Talmudical  Academy.  I  am  glad 
to  see  so  many  bright,  new  faces  eagerly  await- 
ing their  first  day  in  high  school.  We  here  at 
Talmudical  Academy  are  always  willing  to  help 
you  but  you  must  reciprocate  by  showing  your- 
selves as  students  worthy  of  this  great  institution. 

I  would  like  to  explain  the  bell  system.  At 
one-thirty,  you  hear  a  bell.  This  bell  tells  you 
that  at  one-forty  you  hear  a  bell  which  wfU  sig- 
nify the  beginning  of  the  first  period.  At  two 
o'clock,  you  hear  another  bell.  Disregard  it.  At 
two-eighteen,  the  period  ends  and  you  have 
until  two-twenty  to  go  to  the  second  period.  The 
next  bell  is  at  four  minutes  after  three,  or  is  it 
three  minutes  after  three?  I'm  not  sure  but  some 
time  after  three  you  hear  a  bell  signifying  official 
class.  You  must  report  to  your  official  class  in 
order  to  be  marked  present  for  the  day.  You  wiU 
be  dismissed  at  three  twelve  from  this  class. 
Other  bells  are  at  three-eighteen,  three-fifty  six 
or  is  it  seven?  Uh,  the  bells  will  be  explained  by 
a  mimeographed  sheet  to  be  passed  around  at 
four-fifty  eight.  I  am  sure  you  boys  will  enjoy 
your  stay  here  at  T.A.  and  we  are  glad  to  have 
you.  You  will  now  go  to  your  first  period  class." 

The  mob  pushed  its  way  up  the  stairs  and 
spilled  out  over  the  second  floor.  The  Freshmen 
looked  nervously  for  their  classroom.  (Several 
Freshmen  were  lost  that  day  and  no  word  has 
been  heard  from  them  since. )  They  finally  found 
their  class  and  entered  timidlv.  The  sun  shined 



brightly  through  the  window  and  the  room  had  a 
bright,  shiny  appearance.  Within  a  few  minutes, 
they  proceeded  to  make  themselves  at  home  and 
the  floor  was  soon  littered  with  scraps  of  paper, 
chewing  gum  wrappers,  and  quick-tempered 
Freshmen.  The  chaotic  scene  was  soon  dispelled 
as  the  door  opened  and  the  teacher  entered. 
Immediately,  there  was  a  sound  of  rushing  feet 
and  scraping  chairs.  A  memorial  has  since  been 
erected  in  honor  of  those  trampled  in  the  rush 
for  a  choice  seat.  While  the  crowd  surged 
towards  the  front  of  the  room,  Mel  Simon  and 
Sim  Storch  slipped  quietly  into  seats  located 
conveniently  out  of  sight  of  the  teacher  and 
started  a  game  of  pinochle. 

As  the  class  settled  down,  the  teacher  proceed- 
ed to  introduce  himself. 

"Boys,  I  want  you  to  fill  out  these  cards  I  am 
going  to  hand  out.  Just  follow  the  simple  instruc- 
tions. Write  your  last  name  first,  first  name  last." 

Immediately,  a  hand  raised  and  a  slender 
Freshman  with  blond  haii-  and  a  body  that  grew 
too  fast  for  his  shoulders  stated  shakily,  "I  don't 
understand.  First  name  first,  last  name  last?" 

The  teacher  stiffened  but  then  said  kindly, 
"No,  son,  just  the  opposite.  Now  please  write 
this  in  ink  and  print  clearly." 

The  same  young  man  again  raised  his  hand 

and  croaked  bashfully,  "But  I  don't  have  a  pen." 

The  teacher's  patience  was  beginning  to  crack 
as  he  handed  the  boy  his  own  pen,  which  he 
gave  with  a  request  that  it  be  used  carefully  as 
it  was  given  to  him  on  his  Bar  Mitzvah.  The 
youngster  promised  to  be  careful  and  took  the 
quill  from  the  teacher. 

The  rest  of  the  afternoon,  the  students  were 
absorbed  in  writing  their  names,  laughing  at 
the  teachers'  feeble  attempts  to  be  humorous, 
and  making  new  friends. 

During  the  fourth  period,  they  were  told  to 
go  to  the  study  hall.  They  headed  for  the  base- 
ment and  by  following  the  odor  coming  from  the 
garbage  cans,  they  finally  arrived.  Upon  entering, 
they  were  greeted  with  the  sight  of  long  rows  of 
tables,  scattered  chaii's,  well-stocked  book  shelves 
and  a  smiling  blonde,  Mr.  Schnipper,  die  study 
hall  director.  The  walls  were  decorated  with  a 
large  Rand  McNally  map,  several  pictures,  and 
the  sentiments  of  demented  students. 

Outside,  the  sun  began  to  sink.  The  tempo  of 
the  city  slackened.  Twilight  gave  way  to  the 
night  which  came  stealthily  and  silently.  Dark- 
ness moved  in  like  an  oppressive  blanket.  The 
lights  flashed  on  in  the  huge  office  buildings  and 
soon,  the  streets  were  filled  with  tired  people 
walking  quickly  in  the  brisk  autumn  air.  At  this 

Study    Hall 


time,  the  Freshmen's  first  day  came  to  an  end. 
They  rubbed  their  eyes  as  they  moved  slowly 
from  the  classrooms.  Some  walked  gaily  to  the 
streets  and  pushed  their  way  into  crowded  buses 
and  subways.  Others  climbed  the  five  flights  of 
stairs  to  the  dormitory  looking  forlornly  at  the 
useless  elevator  passes  in  their  pockets.  After 
recovering  their  breath,  they  proceeded  to  their 
designated  rooms.  They  entered  the  room  and 
observed  the  spot  they  were  to  call  home  for 
the  next  ten  months.  There  were  two  double- 
decker  beds  with  the  lower  berths  already  con- 
taining a  prostrate  roommate,  a  sink  in  the  cor- 
ner, and  two  closets.  There  was  a  bureau  made 
of  the  finest  cardboard  and  a  large  desk  in  front 
of  the  window.  After  hurriedly  unpacking,  he 
made  the  acquaintance  of  his  roommates,  who 
may  have  been  college  freshmen  or  fellow  class- 

The  first  night  started  off  rather  slowly,  for 
the  Freshmen  had  lumps  in  their  throats  and 
misty,  far  away  looks  in  their  eyes  as  they  thought 
of  home.  A  picture  of  Mama  and  Papa,  sitting 
around  the  table  eating  silently  and  frequently 
looking  at  the  empty  chair  came  into  their  minds. 
Mama  and  Papa  were  thinking  of  the  baby,  the 
bris,  the  first  case  of  measles,  kindergarten  and 
the  protesting  child,  his  first  test  paper,  the  night 
he  spent  in  the  hospital  after  his  tonsils  were 
out.  Bar  Mitzvah,  and  graduation.  Now,  he  was 
no  longer  a  baby.  He  was  living  far  from  home 
and  he  must  take  care  of  himself.  He  felt  desert- 
ed. He  needed  his  mother's  soft  shoulder  upon 
which  to  release  his  emotions.  This  was  a  world 
which  was  completely  new  to  him.  The  day's 
events  seemed  chaotic  and  his  father's  firm  hand 
seemed  necessarv  to  steady  him. 

The  Freshman  was  awakened  from  his  nostal- 
gia by  loud  shouting.  He  opened  the  door  and 
was  doused  by  a  glass  of  water.  Within  a  few 
minutes,  the  whole  fifth  floor  was  up  in  arms, 
and  a  water  fight  had  started.  After  being  soaked 
thoroughly,  they  ran  back  to  their  rooms  at  the 
warning  that  Mr.  Baer  was  coming.  The  injured 
received  aspirins  and  everyone  received  a  stem 

Suddenly,  without  warning,  the  lights  went 
out.  The  more  imaginative  dove  under  beds 
for  this  could  have  been  a  Russian  attack.  They 
held  their  breaths.  The  silence  was  broken  by 
a  key  turning  in  the  lock.  The  counsellor  entered 
and  immediately  dispelled  fears  by  explaining 
that  the  lights  go  out  at  eleven.  This,  however, 
incited  the  wrath  of  the  more  "mature"  Freshmen. 
Protests  were  shouted  accompanied  by  colorful 
language  describing  the  students'  feelings  on  the 
"lights  out"  policy.  Immediately,  the  agitators 
proceeded  to  stir  up  the  student  body  (which 
could  then  be  found  in  a  horizontal  position). 
Upper  classmen  quelled  the  riot  by  explaining 
that  to  battle  was  useless.  The  Freshmen  were 
not  through.  Instantly,  schemes  for  revenge 
were  started.  Candles  were  soon  decided  upon  as 
a  means  of  supplying  light.  Water  guns  were  to 
be  bought.  The  dormitory  administration  would 
rue  the  day  they  aroused  the  ire  of  these  Fresh- 

Soon  they  became  tired.  Their  heads  nodded 
and  theii'  eyes  blinked.  They  stifled  yawns.  They 
got  into  bed  and  after  two  hours  of  "throwing 
the  bull"  they  finally  decided  to  get  some  sleep. 
In  the  dormitory,  in  the  apartment  house  on 
Riverside  Drive,  on  Houston  Street,  in  Bayonne 
and  Hoboken,  tired  Freshmen  closed  their  eyes. 


QJreshinan  LJi 



A  STRANGE  figure,  the  Freshman,  recog- 
nized by  his  battered  baseball  hat,  sag- 
ging earlaps,  and  an  overwhelming 
curiosity,  began  his  daily  routine  in  T.A.  Through 
his  curiosity,  he  learned  to  avoid  embarrassing  in- 
cidents brought  by  taking  advice  from  his  upper 
classmen.  Room  214  was  not  a  swimming  pool 
but  a  bathroom,  and  Room  213  was  not  tlie  bath- 
room but  the  teachers'  room.  It  was  not  safe  to 
use  the  door  marked  108  as  a  shortcut  to  the 
street,  and  the  office  of  the  registi-ar  was  not  the 
little  room  near  the  telephone  bootlis. 

As  the  days  passed,  the  Freshmen  adapted 
themselves  to  the  school  as  the  school  adopted 
the  Freshmen.  Amazement  and  awe  slowly 
turned  to  sarcasm  and  cynicism.  Adventures  and 
experiences  became  daily  routines  to  them  but 
a  constant  source  of  amusement  to  this  old 

Each  day,  I  would  watch  them  enter  the 
building.  For  many,  the  day  began  in  the  locker 
room.  Still  half  asleep,  they  would  grope  their 
way  down  the  dimly  lit  stairway  and  walk  slow- 
ly down  the  dark  hallway  which  led  to  the 
locker  room.  As  they  entered,  they  were  greeted 
with  loud  shouting  and  the  voice  of  Miltv  Pol-  ■ 

lack  rendering  the  latest  hit  song.  The  difference 
between  song  and  scream  was  barely  noticeable. 
Before  they  reached  their  lockers  they  had  suc- 
ceeded in  enraging  a  Senior,  getting  a  hot  tip  on 
the  day's  test,  and  had  overcome  temptation  by 
refusing  to  cut  in  order  to  go  to  the  Paramount. 
After  gathering  their  books,  they  headed  for 

Meanwhile,  in  the  dormitory,  the  rest  of  the 
Freshmen  were  being  aroused  unceremoniously 
by  over-zealous  counsellors.  After  several  re- 
lapses, they  dragged  themselves  from  bed  and 
hurried  down  to  Minyan.  Some  beds  were  still 
occupied  by  the  more  prudent  who  had  figured 
exactly  when  they  could  absent  themselves  in 
order  to  keep  their  attendance  above  51%. 

After  Minyan,  Moish  and  Harry's  or  Stern's 
was  the  scene  of  wild  confusion.  Miniature  Fresh- 
men were  trampled  underfoot  in  the  nrsh  to  the 
counter.  A  glance  at  the  clock  sent  everyone 
rushing  out  the  door  and,  with  empty  stomachs 
and  heavy  hearts  the  Freshmen  went  to  their 
morning  classes. 

As  the  bell  rang  at  nine,  the  two  groups  con- 
verged on  the  stairs.  The  Freshmen  noticed  the 
casual  manner  with  which  the  upper  classmen 


approached  class  and  were  lulled  into  a  false 
sense  of  security.  Upon  reaching  the  second  floor, 
the  future  rabbis  rushed  into  class.  The  Fresh- 
man year  in  the  Yeshiva  was  an  important  one. 
The  Freshmen  got  their  first  taste  of  real  learning 
in  the  class  of  the  patient  Rabbi  Tendler  where 
Gemorrah  was  taught  with  biological  overtones. 
Others  were  taught  morals  along  with  their  Tal- 
mud in  Rabbi  Katz's  class. 

On  the  third  floor,  trouble  started.  Led  by  the 
Salanter  boys,  fresh  from  Mosy's  class,  the  Fresh- 
men came  prepared  to  have  a  great  time.  Their 
animal  spirits  were  raised  at  the  sight  of  Miss 
Parnes.  Thus  inspired,  they  reached  class. 

Into  that  classroom,  only  the  bravest  teacher 
would  dare  enter.  Amid  shouts  of  the  "Old  Ben 
Mare,  He  Ain't  What  He  Used  To  Be,"  and  well 
aimed  missiles,  stood  the  staunch  defender  of  the 
teacher's  creed,  notebook  in  one  hand  and  pen- 
cil in  the  other.  Unnerved  by  the  overturned 
waste  basket  and  distorted  position  of  his  desk, 
he  proceeded  to  chastise  the  unheeding  class. 
When  Sheldon  Weinstein  confided  to  Benny 
that  Al  Chaikin  had  thrown  his  own  jacket  out 
of  the  window,  he  dragged  the  protesting 
"Chicky"  to  the  office.  Lenny  Shapiro,  who  had 
obligingly  opened  the  door,  was  pulled  along.  On 
leturning,  he  tried  once  more  to  teach  the  vmin- 
terested  students.  The  bell  rang  and,  as  he 
dodged  a  flying  eraser,  he  walked  from  the  class, 
a  defeated  man. 

A  new  teacher  arrived  from  China,  Rabbi 
Karp.  He  taught  the  class  Talmud  and  the  class 
taught  him  English. 

That  spring,  the  Freshmen's  thoughts  lightly 
turned  to  the  sport  of  mug  .spitting  which  was 
innovated  by  Rabbi  Murphy,  who  didn't  need 
the  money,  thank  G-d! 

In  the  afternoon,  the  Freshmen  encountered, 
an  interesting  type,  the  high  school  teacher.  He 
came  in  assorted  sizes  and  shapes  with  varied 
demeanors  and  eccentricities.  He  was  boring 
to  many  and  an  inspiration  to  few.  He  attempt- 
ed to  teach  the  Freshmen  many  subjects  ranging 
from  Zoology  to  Algebra. 

In  General  Science  the  Freshmen  met  Mr. 
Schain.  Here  they  received  their  first  taste  of 
science.  The  class  blushingly  learned  of  the  sex 
life  of  a  chrysanthemum.  When  the  question 
probed  too  deeply,  the  uneasy  teacher  would 
craftly  evade  the  issue  by  peering  down  at  his 
book  and  would  discuss  the  significance  of 
weather  maps.  It  was  in  the  study  of  electricity, 
however,  that  Mr.  Schain  shocked  the  class. 

The  newest  fad  among  the  Freshmen  was  tech- 
nicolor science  notebooks  which  dazzled  Mr. 
Schain  and  brought  much  di.scontent  when  the 

bright   display   failed   to   achieve  proper  recog- 
nition from  the  teaclier. 

The  first  term  was  spent  in  an  attempt  to 
finish  Civics  homework.  Mr.  Gendell  marked 
the  class  by  using  the  laugh  meter.  The  greater 
the  appreciation  of  his  jokes,  the  greater  the 
marks.  Lengthy  reports  on  firehouses,  sewage 
disposal  plants,  libraries,  parks,  and  garbage 
trucks,  helped  add  to  the  confusion  of  how 
N.Y.C.  was  governed.  Sim  Storch,  a  neighbor  of 
Mr.  Gendell,  passed  the  course  by  threatening  to 
expose  Mr.  Gendell's  dark  secrets. 

English  was  a  bright  experience  for  the  Fresh- 
men as  they  achieved  a  new  and  greater  appreci- 


ation  for  literature  in  the  class  of  Mr.  Greenberg. 
Very  few  found  his  course  boring  and  all  were 
inspired  by  him. 

Math  class  was  a  rough  obstacle  to  hurdle  at 
first,  but  after  several  weeks  with  Mr.  Lichten- 
berg,  it  seemed  impossible.  Difficult  as  Elemen- 
tary Algebra  may  have  seemed,  Mr.  Lichtenberg 
lost  them  completely  when  he  threw  in  some 
Trig  or  Advanced.  The  "Honor  System"  on  tests 
was  a  great  success  as  was  shown  by  the  great 
number  of  lOO's  received.  The  following  term 
Mr.  Greitzer  proved  to  skeptical  Freshmen  that 
he  was  never  wrong,  while  Charlie  Patt  proved 
that  he  was  not  always  right. 

In  the  spring  term  a  new  course  was  instituted 
and  while  one  half  of  the  class  was  being  lulled 
to  sleep  by  Mr.  Breinan  the  other  half  of  the 
class  was  being  taught  the  mysteries  of  darkest 
Africa,  life  on  a  peaceful  hacienda,  and  how  to 
differentiate  between  a  plum  and  a  prune.  The 
course  was  livened  up  when  one  afternoon  some- 
one had  accidently  placed  chewing  gum  on  Doc's 
seat.  Doc  felt  a  strong  attraction  to  his  seat  and 
somehow  couldn't  pull  his  pants  from  it.  In  his 
wrath,  Doc  took  up  a  collection  to  clean  the  suit. 
The  remainder  of  the  money  was  used  to  pur- 
chase a  new  scale  for  the  weighing  of  notebooks, 
which  were  collections  of  magazine  advertise- 
ments describing  the  healthy  climate  of  the 
Belgian  Congo  and  labels  from  cans  of  pineapple 

However  foolish  garbage  trucks,  sewage  dis- 
posal, and  technicolor  science  notebooks  seemed 
to  the  Freshmen,  they  could  see  less  value  in 

ning  of  the  period  calmed  the  Freshmen,  who 
dared  not  move.  Some  less  aesthetic  claimed  it 
was  the  landslide  of  zeroes  which  would  follow 
any  breach  of  conduct.  The  class  had  an  added 
value,  for  the  Freshmen  could  do  their  home- 
work between  blinks. 

It  was  here  that  Milty  Pollack  learned  that 
Tschaikowsky  did  not  write  spirituals,  and  it  was 
here  that  ever\'  Freshman  learned  to  distinguish 
between  a  French  horn  and  an  English  teacher. 
The  exams  in  this  class  consisted  of  two  simple 
questions,  but  the  answers  met  the  specification 
given  at  the  beginning  of  the  test,  "Write  all 
you  know  and  what  you  don't  know  write  also." 
This  appealed  to  the  talmudist's  mind. 

Mr.    Sarachek 

Music  was  taught  by  the  humorous  mild  man- 
nered Mr.  Grossman.  The  records  at  the  begin- 

The  second  minor  was  physical  training.  Mr. 
Sarachek  took  a  look  at  the  class  and  iinmediately 
rushed  to  the  office  to  inquire  if  the  group  could 
stand  the  rigors  of  gym.  The  Freshmen's  only 
comfort  was  their  draft  status. 

More  inquisitive  Freshmen  desired  to  know 
why  they  should  swing  from  parallel  bars  like 
so  many  monkeys,  when  for  many  centuries  evo- 
lution had  changed  man  from  his  primitive  form. 
The  position  of  secretary  was  vied  for  in  an  at- 
tempt to  be  exempt  from  the  rigorous  exercise. 
After  a  term  of  gym,  sixty  Freshmen  learned 
their  right  from  theii-  left. 

In  art  class,  the  Freshmen  met  Mr.  Borin, 
whose  partiality  to  circles  drawn  in  purple  has 
imprinted  his  name  on  the  memory  of  T.A.  stu- 
dents. Here,  the  boys  learned  block  lettering. 
The  students  with  long  names  suffered  the  most, 
for  attempts  to  fit  their  names  on  the  paper  led 
to  frustration. 

Aside  from  their  experiences  with  the  teachers, 


the  students  had  many  brushes  with  the  adminis- 

The  first  experience  will  long  be  remembered. 
One  afternoon  before  class,  a  game  of  football 
was  being  enjoyed  by  eight  members  of  the  He- 
brew class.  The  object  of  the  game  was  to  catch 
a  board  eraser  being  thrown  around  the  room. 
During  the  ensuing  melee,  Mr.  Sklar,  who  did 
not  see  the  humor  of  being  hit  in  the  face  with 
an  eraser,  entered  and  sent  the  group  down  to 
Mr.  Abrams. 

The  youngsters  were  sti'icken  with  fear.  They 
approached  the  polished  brass  door  reluctantly. 
Stories  of  those  who  entered  and  never  returned 
ran  thi-ough  their  minds.  They  waited  in  the 
oflSce  until  summoned.  Then  they  were  motioned 
towards  the  inner  chamber.  They  moved  slowly 
as  if  doomed.  They  heard  the  verdict  with  stony 
faces.  Suspended  indefinitehj.  They  left  the  of- 
fice with  lumps  in  their  throats.  What  would 
their  fathers  or  mothers  or  one  of  their  parents 
say?  Some  repressed  tears,  while  others  covered 
their  anxiety  with  jokes  which  failed  to  evoke 
laughter  from  their  grim  companions.  The  terror 
passed  and  the  youngsters  were  reinstated. 

Earlier  that  year,  one  conscientious  student 
succeeded  in  forming  a  football  team.  With 
Sheldon  Weinstein  in  the  backfield,  Harvey 
Rosen  and  Al  Chaikin  ends,  and  Mel  Simon  and 
Marty  Birbaum  on  the  line,  Yeshiva  faced  the 
formidable  Cardinal  Hayes  third  team.  T.A.  was 
edged  out  49-7. 

In  the  spring  term,  the  Freshman  class  was  im- 
proved by  the  entrance  of  Norman  Palefski,  and 
Elly  Gross,  from  Long  Beach.  The  addition  of 
Palefski  to  the  intramural  basketball  team  en- 
abled the  Freshmen  to  win  a  bet  that  they  would 
break  into  double  figures  against  the  Sopho- 
mores. The  team  was  not  vers'  successful  as  it 
failed  to  win  a  game  but  it  did  send  Storch, 
Chaikin,  and  Palefski  to  the  varsity  in  spring 

May  brought  Senior  Day  and  the  Freshmen 
prepared  themselves  in  anticipation  of  Senior 
tyranny.  Ratner  aiTned  the  class  with  rubber 
bands  and  the  Freshmen  entered  the  study  hall 
prepared  for  battle.  Within  a  few  moments,  the 
war  broke  out.  Spit  balls  soon  proved  little  match 
for  water  guns.  Ratner,  however,  was  repaid 
literally  as  the  Seniors  stamped  his  forehead 

The  hectic  year  rolled  to  a  close.  The  hot, 
humid  summer  of  New  York  gave  a  heavy  silent 
atmosphere  to  the  classrooms.  Freshmen  and 
Seniors  alike  sat  dreamily  staring  out  of  the  win- 
dows. It  was  on  these  days  that  the  student 
painted  a  happy  picture  of  the  pleasures  of  siun- 
mer  upon  a  limitless  blue  sky.  The  teacher's 
voice  droned  on  above  the  sounds  of  everyday 
life  coming  from  the  street.  Reviews  began  and 
many  Freshmen  began  to  quiver.  The  T.I.  finals 
were  painfully  concluded.  Exemptions  saved 
many  Freshmen  from  the  rigors  of  finals.  In  that 
year,  the  novice  had  become  experienced.  The 
boy  was  growing  up.  T.A.,  with  its  students, 
teachers,  classrooms,  problems,  pranks,  and  ad- 
mits, had  become  part  of  his  life.  He  now  looked 
forward  to  the  summer,  but  his  tlioughts  went 
beyond  the  summer  to  his  Sophomore  year.  He 
would  no  longer  be  the  butt  of  jokes  and  pranks. 
He  was  proud  that  he  had  come  through  this 
year  a  wiser  and  more  mature  young  man. 







THE  SKY  was  a  majestic  blue,  stained  only 
b\'  small  fluffs  of  white.  The  warmth  and 
light  of  a  brilliant  autumn  sun  dispersed 
the  cold  and  shadows  of  the  dawn.  A  car  sped 
down  Amsterdam  Avenue  and  the  noise  of  its 
wheels  on  the  street  suddenly  broke  the  quiet. 
It  passed  and  the  street  was  silent  once  more. 
After  a  long  period  of  absolute  silence,  the  sounds 
of  windows  opening  and  doors  slamming,  the 
sounds  of  people  waking  and  preparing  to  go  to 
work,  and  the  sounds  of  tlie  alarm  clocks  waking 
the  dormitory  boys,  who  had  arrived  the  night 
before  in  anticipation  of  the  beginning  of  the 
new  term,  were  heard.  These  sounds  were  pleas- 
ing even  to  a  WALL  and  I  felt  a  surge  of  joy. 

As  they  dressed,  many  of  them  knew  that  their 
classmates  would  also  realize  the  change  that 
had  come  about  in  the  last  year.  No  longer  were 
they  to  be  looked  down  upon.  They  were  no 
longer  the  object  of  plots  and  pranks  of  upper 
classmen.  Revenge  was  now  theii-s  and  they 
would  vent  their  wrath  on  the  little  naive  >'oung- 
sters  who  seemed  so  foolish.  Devilish  schemes 
ran  through  their  minds.  They  were  now  Sopho- 

I  noticed  that  the  name  Sophomore  brought 
about  a  great  change  in  the  attitude  of  the  class 
of  '54.  They  ascended  the  staircases  with  an  air 
of  nonchalance  and  entered  their  classrooms  with 
an  expression  of  detachment.  Through  this  seem- 

ing disinterest,  they  were  able  to  ensnare  the 
unsuspecting  Freshmen.  Elevator  passes  were 
easily  sold  and  the  collections  for  the  widow  of 
the  Unknown  Soldier  prospered. 

The  new  school  term  opened  and  the  Sopho- 
mores found,  contrar\'  to  their  behefs,  that  it 
differed  only  shghtly  from  the  old.  The  Yeshiva 
boys  ascended  two  flights  of  stairs  while  the 
more  envious  members  of  T.L  climbed  to  the 
fourth  floor.  It  was  very  easy  to  distinguish  be- 
tween them  for  those  who  attended  the  Yeshiva 
were  constantly  muttering  in  sweet,  musical 
tones,  "We  learned  yesterday,  yesterday  we 
learned,  what  did  we  learn  yesterday,  yesterday 
we  learned,  etc." 

Amid  violent  gesticulations  used  to  clarify 
Talmudic  statements,  the  Rabbi  entered  to  give 
the  Shiur.  He  was  greeted  by  violent  explosions 
and  shouts  of  "Pick  me  a  winner,  Reb." 

The  fourth  floor  was  not  the  perfect  example 
of  tranquillity.  The  venerable  students  of  the 
Teachers  Institute  waited  for  the  opportune  mo- 
ment to  scream  in  a  shrill,  high  pitched  voice, 
"The  Gooootch."  To  add  to  the  noise,  there  was 
the  excitement  centered  around  Room  405.  On 
the  door,  there  was  a  notice  proclaiming  Room 
405  as  the  official  "Headquarters  of  the  Gootch 
for  President  Partv*."  The  room  was  decorated 
with  signs  calling  for  the  members  of  T.I.  to 
"Vote   for   Gootch  for  President."   and   slogans 


such  as  "I  Go  Gootch."  To  aid  the^r  candidate, 
the  Sophomores  sought  to  imi^ress  upon  the 
lower  termers  and  the  teachers  that  they  were 
kindhearted.  They  sheltered  the  pigeons,  who 
frequented  the  window  ledge  of  Room  405,  by 
bringing  them  into  the  classroom.  This  streak  of 
kindness  was  particularly  annoying  to  Dr.  Hoe- 
nig,  who  constantly  remarked,  "Uh!" 

It  was  on  the  fourth  floor  that  the  Sophomores 
first  encountered  "Charlie."  His  famous  foot  left 
a  great  impression  upon  them. 

The  Sophomores  found  that  the  second  part 
of  their  day  had  changed.  Their  instructors  and 
courses  in  secular  study  were  altered.  They  were 
now  taking  a  language. 

The  Sophomores  found  that  whether  one  takes 
French  or  Spanish  one  must  have  Dr.  Charles. 
"Doc"  held  different  opinions  of  the  two  classes. 
He  believed  that  while  the  French  class  was 
made  up  of  "good 
boys,"  the  Spanish  class 
consisted  extensively  of 
"bums  and  loafers." 
In  giving  homework, 
"Doc"  proved  his  abil- 
ity to  recite  the  alpha- 
bet. Dr.  Charles'  star 
pupil  was  Bernard  Ko- 
sowsky  and  Bernie's 
star  pupil  was  "Doc's" 

Another  course  taken 
by  the  Sophomores  was 
"Regents  Review."  This 
was  taught  by  Mr.  Lich- 
tenberg.  Many  of  the 
students  left  the  class 
with  circles,  polygons, 
and     various     triangles 

.1     ■     ^.            ^ 


dancing  before  their 
eyes.  During  this  year, 
the  Sophomores  grew 
greatly  attached  to  Mr. 
Lichtenberg.  This  affec- 
tion stemmed  from  his 
constant  desire  to  aid 
the  student. 

The  Biology  class 
was  the  very  peak  of 
the  day.  Each  student 
anxiously  awaited  this 
period,  where,  led  by 
the  amiable  Mr.  Frank- 
el.  the  Sophomores 
would  delve  into  the 
mysteries  of  nature.  AU 
of  the  members  of  the 
class  had  full  confi- 
dence in  Mr.  Frankel 
but  none  had  more  faith  in  him  than  did  Harvey 
Rosen,  who  would  help  Mr.  Frankel  illustrate 
his  point  by  standing  on  his  head  or  by  obtain- 
ing samples  for  the  test  for  diabetes. 

Many  students  feared  the  Bio  Regents.  The 
wiser  members  of  the  class  reassured  them,  how- 
ever, that  the  skeleton  in  the  back  room  was  not 
that  of  Oscar,  a  former  flunkee,  and  that  Mr. 
Frankel  would  not  carry  out  his  threats  of  physi- 
cal violence. 

Their  cultural  education  continued  with  some 
minor  changes.  Music  was  still  taught  b>'  Mr. 
Grossman.  The  Sophomores,  who  befieved  that 
"he  does  not  read  the  test  papers  but  weighs 
them,"  were  greatly  shocked  when  the>'  were 
asked  to  explain  the  connection  between  the 
Twentx-Third  Psalm  and  St.  Matthew's  Passion. 
Mr.  Spivack  tried  vers-  hard  to  teach  art,  but 


he  found  that  it  was  difficult  to  explain  the  color 
wheel  to  students  shouting  "Speewack"  and  test- 
ing newly  made  paper  airplanes. 

Physical  education  was  stiU  taught  by  Mr. 
Sarachek  and  the  Sophomores  still  vied  for  the 
position  of  secretary.  This  position  was  finally 
won  by  "Wild  Bill  LefBng." 

To  break  up  the  day  there  was  a  study  period. 
This  was  held  in  two  places.  One  was  the  library, 
sometimes  called  the  study  hall.  The  other  was 
Room  204  in  the  new  dormitory,  sometimes 
called  Palefski  and  Lustig's  room.  Even  though 
its  capacity  was  limited.  Room  204  competed 
very  keenly  with  the  study  hall  for  membership. 

As  the  spring  di'ew  near  and  the  days  grew 
nicer,  the  Sophs  could  not  resist  the  outdoors. 
The  roof  and  the  river  became  the  places  of 
study.  One  of  the  most  exclusive  organizations 
of  the  school  was  formed  in  the  spring  of  1952. 
This  was  the  Hobo  Club,  consisting  of  such  stal- 
warts as  Harvey  Rosen,  Phil  Podelsky,  Milty 
Pollack,  Sim  Storch,  Mel  Simon,  and  Marty 
Hirshman,  which  met  each  day  on  the  roof. 
Membership  was  restricted  and  many  Sopho- 
mores found  it  hard  to  fit  the  requirements  of 
this  organization. 

The  spring  also  aroused  a  great  interest  in 
baseball  and  the  more  enterprising  members  of 
the  class  started  baseball  pools.  This  venture 
soon  disintegrated  because  of  tlie  administra- 
tion's interest  in  the  moral  standards  of  the  stu- 

The  streets  around  the  school  were  not  quite 
friendly  to  these  boys.  Ignorance  has  an  un- 
fortunate result  in  bigotry.  It  was  this  bigotry 
which  was  the  cause  of  one  of  the  memorable 
events  in  the  Sophomore  year. 

The  dormitory  hummed  with  the  sounds  of 
school  life.  Some  students  were  standing  in  the 
halls  talking.  Others  were  in  their  rooms  doing 
their  homework  or  planning  on  doing  it  as  soon 
as  they  finished  the  comic  books  stacked  on  the 
desk.  Across  the  sti-eet,  the  lights  of  the  small 
prefabricated  buildings  illuminated  the  streets 
below,  while  in  the  main  building  there  was  a 
steady  murmur  of  those  who  were  diligently 
studying  the  Talmud. 

Suddenly  the  placid  scene  was  shattered  by 
screams  and  shouts  from  the  dormitory.  In  front 
of  the  building,  a  young  student,  surrounded  by 
a  large  group  of  his  classmates,  shakily  told  how 
his  friend  was  attacked  by  eight  boys  and  how 



Ignorance  hat  on  unfortunate  result  in  bigotry 


he  was  chased  by  them  to  the  dorm.  They  had 
vowed  to  return  with  more  of  their  friends. 
Someone  shouted,  "Fight!!"  and  the  word  echoed 
through  the  halls  of  the  dormitory.  Homework 
stopped.  Comic  books  were  thrown  aside.  The 
empty  halls  were  immediately  filled  with  run- 
ning, stumbling  students,  all  rushing  toward  the 
main  building.  They  poured  out  into  the  streets. 
The  noise  reached  the  buildings  across  the  street 
and  soon  those  doors  opened  and  the  buildings 
were  empty.  In  the  main  building,  Gemorrahs 
were  hurriedly  shut.  In  the  Chem  lab,  experi- 
ments were  inteiTupted  and  test  tubes  were 
thrown  aside.  The  sti-eet  was  crowded  with  angry 
students.  The  tiaific  stopped  and  they  still  came 
from  the  dormitories,  laboratories,  and  class- 
rooms. Two  students  ran  out  of  the  dormitory 
wrapped  in  towels,  still  wet  with  the  water  of 
their  showers.  Down  the  sheet  another  mob 
formed,  and  as  the  two  groups  met,  the  tension 
rose  to  a  crescendo.  At  the  edges  of  the  crowd, 
the  Sophomores  and  Freshmen,  their  pride 
wounded  by  the  older  boys  who  had  pushed 
them  aside,  scurried  around  trying  to  see  what 
was  happening.  Then,  above  the  noise  of  the 
crowd,  the  sound  of  sirens  could  be  heard,  and 
as  suddenly  as  the  mob  appeared,  it  dissolved. 
After  a  few  moments  of  excitement,  the  steady 
murmur  resumed.  The  incident  was  almost  over 
but  it  was  not  to  be  forgotten  as  uixfortunately 
similar  happenings  occurred  throughout  the  four 
years  in  T.A. 

place  beginning  May  30th.  At  this  time  of  year 
the  dormitory  gained  sudden  popularity.  With 
the  door  shut,  a  small  group  of  students  crowded 
around  the  desk  of  the  renowned   "Matt   and 

The  school  year  was  drawing  to  an  end  and 
the  dreaded  finals  were  coming  closer  with  each 
passing  day.  A  preview  to  the  English  finals  and 
Regents  were  the  T.I.  finals  that  were  to  take 

T.   I.  Students  Studying   For  Finals 

Patt's"  room.  It  was  in  this  room  that  a  T.I.  stu- 
dent had  to  learn  courses  in  ten  hours  that  were 
taught  for  six  months.  The  night  ran  by  and 
the  students  were  aided  only  by  mustard  and 
pickle  sandwiches.  They  worked  on.  The  first 
ray  of  the  sun  peeked  over  the  horizon.  They 
were  finished.  They  had  studied  all  they  had  to 
know.  A  system  had  been  devised  and  each 
member  of  the  small  study  group,  seating  ar- 
rangement in  hand,  exhaustedly  fell  asleep.  In 
the  dormitory  social  hall,  the  chairs,  tables,  and 
couches  were  littered  with  these  drowsing  stu- 
dents. Empty  packages  of  cigarettes  were  every- 
where. At  nine  o'clock,  after  some  last  minute 
studying,  they  entered  the  test  room  and  at 
eleven  it  was  finally  over.  The  T.I.  finals  lasted 
three  days.  After  these,  the  English  finals  and 
Regents  started.  It  was  an  endurance  contest  and 
when  it  was  finally  over,  they  all  made  resolu- 
tions that  next  year  would  be  different. 

The  students  slowly  moved  away  from  the 
building.  The  halls  emptied.  The  last  few  stu- 
dents reluctantly  left  the  building.  The  halls 
were  again  silent,  save  for  the  sound  of  the  slow 
methodical  movement  of  the  caretaker.  Outside, 
the  sun  was  a  golden  ball  on  a  scarlet  horizon. 
In  the  streets,  buses  and  automobiles  moved 
swiftly  by.  It  was  getting  dark  and  the  lights  in 
the  tenements  were  being  turned  on.  I  had  a  long 
summer  in  which  to  rest  and  prepare  myself, 
for  they  would  be  coming  back  next  year. 


junior  L/i 



r\  s  MY  new  coat  of  paint  dried,  the  class  of 

/_\  '54  entered  the  assembly  hall.  They 
A  )\  looked  with  arrogance  upon  the  Fresh- 
man and  Sophomore  classes,  but  with  envy  upon 
the  Seniors.  Two  down  and  two  to  go. 

They  received  their  program  cards  with  a 
grim  look  of  determination  upon  their  faces.  It 
would  be  their  most  difficult  year.  Their  program 
was  filled  with  many  subjects  and  far  too  many 
teachers.  Some  of  the  weaker  students  privately 
resolved  to  study  this  year,  while  others  with  in- 
domitable spirit,  adamantly  clung  to  their  princi- 
ple of  'no  study.'  The  assembly  broke  up,  and  the 
students  returned  home  with  the  intention  of  get- 
ting a  good  night's  sleep  so  that  in  the  morning 
their  wits  would  be  able  to  match  those  of  their 

The  next  day  another  term  began  officially 
with  morning  sessions.  They  had  not  changed 
much  since  last  year  except  for  a  few  teachers 
and  rabbis  here  and  there.  However,  the  T.I. 
boys  were  disappointed  when  they  found  that 
Dr.  S.  B.  Hoenig  would  not  be  with  them  for  the 
first  semester.  It  seemed  that  Dr.  Hoenig  con- 
sidered it  more  important  for  him  to  learn  He- 
brew than  to  teach  it,  and  so  he  decided  to  visit 
Israel.  Their  disappointment  was  soon  forgotten 

when  Dr.  Agus  introduced  himself.  Dr.  Agus 
eloquently  expressed  some  very  controversial 
opinions,  which  provoked  argument  after  argu- 
ment. Dr.  Agus,  being  progressive,  always  al- 
lowed his  students  to  express  their  thoughts. 

Mishnah  was  learned  to  the  accompaniment 
of  the  brisk  marching  music  of  the  Song  of  the 
Palmach  much  to  the  consternation  of  the 

When  the  one  o'clock  bell  rang,  the  students 
gulped  down  their  lunch  and  were  in  their  first 
period  room  well  before  one-forty. 

And  thus  began  their  Junior  year.  To  quote 
Jimmy  Durante's  words,  "We  gotta  start  off  each 
day  with  a  song."  And  that  they  did,  led  by  the 
brass  section  of  the  English  Department,  Mr. 
Horn.  Amid  "cheek"  pinching  and  TV  hstings, 
in  which  Mr.  Horn  showed  artistic  tendencies, 
they  also  managed  to  learn  some  English.  Among 
his  many  traits  was  his  unique  marking  system. 
Students  found  it  difficult  to  evaluate  their  mark 
from  the  platitudes  which  Mr.  Horn  had  writ- 
ten on  their  compositions.  It  was  difficult  to 
differentiate  between  very  good  and  very,  very 
good.  But  when  the  report  cards  were  distrib- 
uted the  dilemma  was  solved— both  meant  78. 


onds.  While  their  T.I.  counterparts  lounged  in 
soft  easy  chairs  of  the  study  hall  (trying  to  get 
their  names  off  the  absentee  list),  the  Yeshiva 
boys  were  introduced  to  the  professor  of  Biblical 
languages.  Dr.  Braver. 

Dr.  Brayer  conducted  his  classes  with  such 
orderliness  that  even  the  office  was  surprised. 
This  he  accomplished  by  adopting  his  students 
as  relatives.  Frequently,  you  could  hear  him  af- 
fectionately speaking  to  one  of  them  saying, 
"you're  in  real  trouble,  Brudder."  Vootkin,  Chur- 
bin,  and  Frucher  were  his  pet  relatives.  He  liked 
them  so  much  that  he  used  to  correspond  with 
their  parents  and  often  wanted  to  meet  them. 
However,  Vootkin,  Churbin,  and  Frucher,  being 
very  modest,  did  not  desire  their  parents  to  meet 
the  "Big  Brudder."  And  so.  Dr.  Brayer  was  very 
much  offended. 

The  following  period,  we  were  overwhelmed 
by  the  realistic,  objective,  and  progressive  way 
Dr.  Charles  taught  the  "romance  languages."  Dr. 
Charles  would  captivate  the  budding  minds  of 
the  students  of  his  Spanish  class  with  his  excel- 
lent rendition  of  Spanish  poetiy. 

His  French  class  seemed  to  cover  much 
ground;  they  waited  impatiently  for  the  lesson 
on  the  subjunctive  of  "savoir." 

Some  of  the  French  students  encountered  Mr. 
Fried.  They  learned  such  interesting  topics  as 
Mr.  Fried's  first  foxhole  in  France  and  his  ex- 
periences with  the  chicanery  of  French  pushcart 
peddlers.  Both  Dr.  Charles  and  Mr.  Fried  proved 
their  capabilities  by  the  high  marks  their  stu- 
dents achieved  on  the  language  Regents. 

The  transition  from  one  foreign  tongue  to 
another  took  the  Yeshiva  students  thirty-five  sec- 

j/f  mw' 

Toward  the  middle  of  the  term,  another  stu- 
dent was  admitted  to  the  class.  "Whitey"  Gar- 
tenberg  made  his  enti-ance  in  March  and  at  once 
became  a  full-fledged  "brudder".  Such  a  rapid  ac- 
ceptance into  the  family  has  established  a  new 
record  in  T.A. 

Spring  came  and  the  thoughts  of  the  boys  in 
Room  103  turned  to  girls,  especialK'  those  that 
passed  by  from  George  Washington.  Every  day 
at  three-thirty  you  could  see  all  the  bo>-s  sitting 
near  the  windows  franticalh"  wa\ing  their  hands, 
and  in  the  background.  Dr.  Brayer  would  be 
religiously  marking  dots  in  his  roll  book.  Dr. 
Brayer  had  the  habit  of  giving  dots  for  good 
marks  and  bad  marks  alike.  Since  he  could  not 
tell  the  difference,  and  wanting  to  play  it  safe  he 
flunked  the  entire  class. 

It  seems  that  the  administration  had  enough 


compassion  on  the  Juniors  to  give  them  one 
period  of  respite  in  the  long  school  day.  Mr. 
Cohen's  Math  5  class  followed  on  the  program. 
The  Juniors  strolled  into  Room  202  with  a  sense 
of  security.  They  admired  and  respected  Mr. 
Cohen  for  his  continuously  pleasant  disposition 
and  they  had  perfect  faith  in  his  excellent  teach- 
ing methods.  While  they  leaned  comfortably 
back  in  their  chaii's,   Mr.   Cohen  would  genth' 

final  examination  which  greeted  us  in  January 
was,  in  the  words  of  E.  S.  L.,  "a  killer."  There 
were  some  questions  on  heavy  water  that  even 
Urey  couldn't  answer.  No  one  has  heard  from 
Ma.xie  since  he  marked  the  end  terms. 

After  Maxie  was  gone,  the  students  felt  pangs 
of  remorse.  They  now  realize  that  the  little  man 
with  the  hnes  of  sorrow  etched  in  his  face  at- 
tempted to  aid  them  to  a  better  understanding 
of  the  subject.  Youth,  through  its  ignorance,  is 
sometimes  very  cruel. 

In  January,  they  welcomed  their  new  Chem- 
istry professor,  Mr.  Berger,  with  temporary  re- 
lief. Mr.  Berger  proved  to  the  delight  of  the 
class  that  the  Regents  in  Chemistry  was  made  up 
of  half  wits  who  gave  the  answers  in  what  he 
called  the  official  "cribs."  His  various  systems  of 
how  to  beat  the  Regents  proved  highly  success- 

The  "scientific  method"  taught  to  all  students 
of  T.A.  was  put  into  practice,  not  once,  but 
twice,  during  the  Junior  year  of  the  class  of  '54. 
The  inquisitive  Chemistry  students  wanted  to 
find  the  eflfects  of  four  ounces  of  sodium,  pilfered 
from  the  storage  cabinet,  on  a  quart  of  water  in 
the  rear  of  the  Hebrew  Literature  class.  Even 
the  most  optimistic  were  astounded  at  the  re- 
sults. A  flame  two  feet  high,  which  illuminated 
the  entire  room  with  an  eerie  light,  was  followed 

guide  them  through  the  complexities  of  Inter- 
mediate Algebra.  As  the  Regents  approached, 
the  Juniors  began  to  feel  a  tinge  of  nervousness. 
They  were  informed  that  "Lichty"  had  been  re- 
viewing for  the  last  two  months.  Mr.  Cohen,  it 
seems,  clung  to  the  outmoded  method  of  teach- 
ing a  subject  before  reviewing.  Mr.  Lichtenberg's 
methods  proved  equally  successful  as  his  boys 
achieved  excellent  marks. 

But  the  math  class  was  but  the  calm  before 
tlie  stonn.  It  was  in  Chemistry  that  the  stonii 
broke  bringing  with  it  precipitation  from  the 
ceihng.  The  Chemistry  class  that  started  ofi^  with 
a  bang  (the  hydrogen  generator  exploded)  be- 
gan to  shrink  as  one  after  another  of  the  more 
studious  boys  dropped  the  course.  Maxie,  as  we 
lovingly  called  our  Chemistry  professor,  con- 
tinued unfazed  amid  this  sign  of  popularity.  We 
finished  the  first  term's  work  during  the  first 
week  of  December  and  the  rest  of  the  time  was 
spent  in  what  Maxie  laughingly  referred  to  as 
review.  While  he  answered  the  questions  of  some 
studious  pupils  and  tried  to  keep  order  by  pound- 
ing a  battery  on  the  laboratory  desk,  the  mis- 
chievous Juniors  chased  the  crickets  around  the 
room.  When  the  crickets  became  too  annoying, 
Eric  Lustig,  not  heeding  the  admonition  of  Matt 
Weisenberg,  proceeded  to  "kill  the  rats."  The 


by  an  explosion  which  rocked  the  very  founda- 
tion of  the  building.  As  the  flames  rose  higher, 
Mr.  Leaf's  ire  reached  the  boiling  point.  The  re- 
sult of  the  disaster  was  a  series  of  purges.  Pro- 
testing students  who  had  long  criminal  records 
in  T.I.  were  dragged  down  to  the  office  where 
various  interrogators  questioned  them  at  great 
length  and  threatened  them  with  expulsion  or 


banishment  to  the  Yeshiva.  Eventually,  the  cul- 
prit was  apprehended,  a  victim  of  his  own  con- 

At  the  same  time  in  the  Teachers  Institute's 
counterpart,  the  Yeshiva,  a  small  group  of  young 
physicists  had  arranged,  on  one  circuit,  a  collec- 
tion of  bells  and  buzzers.  The  purpose  of  this 
experiment  was  to  determine  how  much  stimulus, 

in  the  form  of  loud,  gangling  noises,  a  man  aged 
about  forty  could  stand  before  going  off  his 
proverbial  rocker.  At  eight  fifty-five  the  circuit 
was  attached  and  placed  in  the  teacher's  drawer, 
which  was  then  locked.  At  nine-thirty  the  signal 
was  given,  and  as  the  teacher  explained  the  crux 
of  the  learning  matter  of  that  session,  a  faint 
click  was  heard.  When  the  bells  began  ringing 
and  the  buzzer  buzzing,  it  was  rumored  that  the 
teacher  jum^jed  a  full  two  feet  off  his  chair.  Af- 
ter discovering  that  the  bells  were  in  his  locked 
drawer,  he  tried  to  pry  it  open  with  an  insignifi- 
cant door  key,  whose  snap  was  hardly  audible 
above  the  sounds  of  howling  laughter  from  the 
class.  After  exactly  three  and  one-seventh  min- 
utes and  two  snapped  keys  the  experiment  was 
concluded  as  a  raving,  broken  teacher  ran  from 
his  class  and  cried  on  the  headmaster's  shoulder. 
The  end  of  the  day  was  soon  to  come.  They 
had  just  one  period  to  go.  Their  program  card 
read  6th  period.  History,  Room  206.  The  Juniors 
in  the  year  1952,  just  as  the  Juniors  in  the  year 
1923,  met  one  of  the  most  popular  and  beloved 
teachers,  the  measles  of  the  faculty  (the  teacher 
you  have  to  get),  Dr.  Shapiro,  the  teacher  you 
know  better  as  "Doc,"  who  dehghted  the  class 
with  his  sharp  wit  and  his  interesting  tales  of 
life  in  Paris.  "Doc"  taught  History  in  an  in- 
imitable and  indescribable  manner. 

"An'  there  I  was  in  the  middle  of  the  Rhine, 
surrounded  by  twenty  frauleins,  but  it's  too  bad 
.  .  .  Mister,  you  have  now  become  the  proud 
father  of  a  bouncing  baby  'U'." 

"Okay,  boys,  next  question." 

"Question  273 — What  events  led  to  the  Cri- 
mean War?" 

"Now,  boys,  it  is  very  important  for  you  to 
know  the  treaty  of  Kutchuk-Ku-narji." 

"Kutchuk  who? — Can  you  spell  that,  'Doc'?" 

"  'K'  as  in  'kronkeit,'  'U'  as  in  ulcer.  Stop  that 
noise!!  Look  up  the  rest  in  your  book." 

BRINGGG  .  .  .  "Okay,  boys.  Test  tomorrow 
on  questions  162-287;  all  notes  included." 

The  days  became  warmer.  Worries  of  Regents 
and  finals  approached.  The  T.I.  boys  went 
through  their  Shavuos  night  ordeal  in  prepara- 
tion for  their  Talmud  exam.  Yeshiva  boys  calcu- 
lated the  probability  of  receiving  the  next  piece 
of  Gommorah  in  the  "Bechina."  There  seemed  to 
be  nothing  different— Tests,  worries,  anticipations 
of  summer— and  yet,  they  did  feel  different.  They 
proceeded  to  write  away  to  colleges.  As  they 
wrote,  they  could  still  picture  the  little  Freshmen 
that  climbed  the  stairs  that  autumn  morning  in 

The  Senior  functions  got  under  way  with  the 
election  of  the  Senior  Council.  The  editors  of 
the  ELCHANITE  were  chosen.  Hopes  rose.  The 


following  term  was  looked  forward  to  in  anticipa- 
tion. The  realization  that  the  coming  term  would 
be  the  last  made  them  nostalgic.  As  diey  left 
school  for  the  summer  vacation,  they  looked 
back  at  the  building  and  realized  that  they  were 
sorry  to  leave.  Then,  they  felt  that  their  final 
year  in  T.A.  would  be  their  finest.  Soon  they 
would  be  Seniors. 



Q^enior  ijecu 


YOUTH  changing  to  adults.  Young  minds 
groping,  grasping  for  independence. 
These  are  the  Seniors.  They  are  typical 
of  high  school  Seniors  from  the  rolling,  golden 
plains  of  Nebraska  and  Kansas  to  the  teeming, 
bustling,  sprawling  monster  called  New  York. 
The  Seniors  of  Talmudical  Academy  in  Septem- 
ber 1953  had  the  same  thought  as  their  counter- 
parts throughout  the  nation;  let's  have  a  good 
time,  for  the  future  holds  many  problems  and 
responsibilities.  Their  plans  included  the  publish- 
ing of  a  fine  yearbook,  entertaining  lower  class- 
men by  various  pranks,  and  passing  their  courses 
with  the  greatest  amount  of  pleasure  and  the 
least  possible  homework.  I  settled  back  to  ob- 
serve their  activities  with  great  interest  or  with 
as  much  interest  as  a  WALL  can  muster. 

The  T.L  boys  immediately  proceeded  to  make 
themselves  at  home  and  settled  back  for  an  en- 
joyable year.  This  was  made  possible  by  a  revival 
of  their  famous  battle  cry,  "The  Gootch."  This 
eminent  scholar  entertained  his  students  by  lead- 
ing them  in  a  vain  search  for  the  Koslii. 

In  their  class  in  Ezekiel  they  encountered  a 
sagacious  teacher  with  a  sharp  wit.  Dr.  Finkel. 
He  kept  his  class  in  good  spirits  with  timely 
jokes  concerning  the  level  of  a  student's  intelli- 
gence. The  students  failed  Hebrew  Composition 
with  a  smile  as  Mr.  Arfa  happily  marked  down 

The  Yeshiva  boys  studied  vigorously  under 
the  able  tutelage  of  Rabbi  Weiss.  Accompanying 

his  Sliiurirn  were  spirited  lectures  warning 
against  the  ill  effects  of  smoking.  He  also  tiraded 
against  the  low  morals  of  the  present  day  world. 

While  many  students  had  a  light  schedule, 
others  took  a  full  program.  Every  day  the  Ad- 
vanced Algebra  class  sat  patiently  waiting  for 
Mr.  Lichtenberg.  Finally  as  Rechtschaffen's  sing- 
ing reached  the  point  were  several  classmates 
hysterically  threw  themselves  at  his  feet,  Mr. 
Lichtenberg  entered  the  room.  After  apologizing 
to  Eric  Lustig  for  being  late,  he  took  the  roll, 
shuffled  through  the  book,  and  dismissed  the 
class.  After  two  months  of  review,  the  class  dis- 
covered that  they  knew  the  covn-se  and  Mr.  Lich- 
tenberg once  more  proved  his  ability  to  lead  the 
class  over  the  obstacles  of  a  different  math 

While  the  Hebrew  7  class  once  more  followed 
the  "Big  Brudder"  through  the  intricacies  of  He- 
brew grammar,  the  remainder  of  the  Seniors 
could  be  found  lounging  in  the  dormitory  or 
in  Moish  and  Harry's. 

The  scene  was  one  of  tranquillity  at  the  famil- 
iar refuge  of  T.A.  students.  In  corner  booths, 
tired  Seniors  sat.  Cokes  in  hand,  dreaming  of  the 
weekend,  summer  vacations,  or  ....  At  the 
fountain,  Harvey  Rosen  and  Martin  Hirschman 
were  making  various  significant  gestures  con- 
cerning the  quality  of  teachers  in  T.A. 

In  the  dorm,  unsuspecting  Seniors  were 
dragged  into  room  101  and  helped  fill  a  Mimjan 
led  by  Matt  Weisenberg.  A  few  steps  down  the 

Moish   and    Harry's 


hall,  there  was  a  great  tumult.  The  door  to  room 
1 14  was  opened  and  the  visitor  was  immediately 
met  by  a  cloud  of  smoke.  After  being  revived,  he 
noticed  "the  boys"  on  the  beds,  desks,  chairs,  and 
floor.  Eric  Lustig  was  pleading  with  Stanley 
Moses  to  take  his  feet  off  the  pillow  while  Sonny 
Meiselman  and  Sheldon  Weinstein  were  exhibit- 
ing the  latest  dance  steps.  Norm  Palefski  was 
oblivious  to  what  was  happening  to  his  room  as 
he  was  being  "sent"  by  "Ramona."  The  wild 
scene  was  dispelled  upon  the  entrance  of  Rabbi 
Feldblum.  After  chasing  Lenny  Shapiro,  Rube 
Rechtschaffen,  and  Poodles  from  the  closet,  he 
administered  a  stem  warning  to  Eric.  Eric  tried 
to  explain  he  was  not  a  trouble  maker  but  Rabbi 
Feldblum  was  already  convinced  that  Eric  was 
"just  a  bum." 

After  official  class,  half  the  class  proceeded  to 
American  History.  Here  Mr.  Breinan,  with  the 
aid  of  Edward  Berger,  taught  an  alert  class. 
"Who  shot  Lincoln,  Frucher?" 
"Xo,  I  didn't  do  it!  You  can  ask  Witkin." 
The  rest  of  the  class  was  peacefulh^  dozing  to 
the   calm   tones   of   Mr.   Breinan's   voice.   They 
were  suddenly  awakened  b\'  a  joke. 

"Grant's  doctor  told  him  to  take  a  little  nip 
but  he  nipped  too  much!' 

Joel  Kaplan  laughed  heartily.  Joel  Kaplan  re- 
ceived a  95  in  American  Historv. 

divulge  a  somewhat  radical  opinion  of  his.  Fin- 
ally, his  resistance  was  worn  down.  The  class 
leaned  forward.  Meltzer  carefully  locked  the 
doors;  the  shades  were  pulled  down.  The  tension 
mounted  and  Mr.  Wollman  whispered,  in  a 
shaky  voice,  the  statement  that  shocked  the  most 

"Boys,  if  it  wasn't  for  the  French  we  would 
never  have  won  the  Revolution." 

The  other  half  of  the  class  was  delightfully 
surprised.  They  met  a  new  Histor>'  teacher,  Mr. 
Wollman,  who  immediately  proceeded  to  endear 
himself  to  the  class. 

Mr.  Wollman  obstinately  refused  to  make  any 
controversial  statements  which  would  incrimi- 
nate him.  He  had  a  great  fear  of  Joe  McCarthy 
and  despite  the  urgings  of  the  class  he  would  not 

Mr.  Wollman,  realizing  the  offensive  over- 
tones of  this  statement,  instantly  apologized  to 
the  class. 

The  class,  led  by  Stanley  Moses,  proved  its 
magnanimit>'  by  forgiving  him  after  issuing  a 
harsh  warning  that  it  must  not  happen  again. 

Joe  Cher\an  was  so  inspu^ed  by  the  course 
that  he  attempted  to  form  a  History  Club. 

-\hirtin  Hirshman,  the  long  suffering  scape- 
goat, finally  found  a  teacher  who  understood 

Mr.  Wollman  frequently  apologized  to  the 
class  for  the  low  marks  he  gave.  The  class  ac- 
cepted his  apology  on  the  condition  that  he  give 
higher  marks  at  the  end  of  the  term.  Mr.  Woll- 
man conceded  and  by  a  comprehensive  review 
he  succeeded  in  preparing  liis  class  for  the  final. 

Across  the  hall,  in  sub-zero  weather,  with  the 
chill  wind  of  New  York  whistling  through  the 
open  windows,  sat  the  English  class.  Mean- 
while, (back  at  die  ranch)  Mr.  Leibel  in  shirt 
sleeves,  inti^oduced  the  class  to  his  Uhterate  uncle 
Louyeh  from  Schriitzergravitzskij. 

The  class  was  awed  by  His  Holiness.  No  one 
dared  alight  upon  the  altar.  One  infidel  was 
nearly  consumed  by  the  wrath  of  Our  Teacher 
by  passing  behind  HIS  throne. 


Mr.  Leibel  proved  himself  a  great  thespian  by 
vividly  portraying  Hamlet.  Parts  were  distrib- 
uted among  the  class. 

Hamlet:  E.  S.  Leibel 

Ophelia:  Emanuel  Leibel 

Rosencrantz  and  Guildenstern:  Mr.  Leibel 

Mr.  Leibel's  favorites  were  given  new  names. 
Seymour  Jotkowitz  was  dubbed,  "The  Com- 
pendium of  Useless  Knowledge,"  while  Marty 
Hirshman  gained  fame  along  with  a  title  of 
nobility  by  being  knighted  "The  Puerto  Rican 

Mr.  Leibel  usually  answered  the  unintelligible 
remarks  of  his  students  with  the  statement,  "Al- 
lomogenhasufado?  Assa  right." 

During  the  5th  period,  the  Seniors  were  taught 
Physics  by  Mr.  Greitzer,  affectionately  called 
"Doc"  by  his  admiring  pupils.  Doc  wrought  re- 
venge on  his  students  by  squirting  them  with 
water  during  experiments.  His  patience  was  tried 

by  Skippy  Jotkowitz's  unique  observations.  Stan- 
ley Moses  aided  Mr.  Greitzer  by  giving  his  ap- 
proval to  many  of  Doc's  statements.  Doc  was 
particularly  annoyed  by  the  competition  of  Mr. 
Breinan,  the  guidance  counsellor,  and  was  seri- 
ously contemplating  the  removal  of  his  class  to 
room  212A.  Melvin  Simon  calmed  Mr.  Greitzer's 
wrath  by  commenting  on  the  fine  quality  of  the 
irate  teacher's  hair. 

The  7th  term  was  a  constant  conflict  between 
the  high  spirits  of  the  Seniors  and  the  decision 
of  the  administration  to  maintain  order  in  the 

One  such  incident  occurred,  when  as 
T.   L      finals     approached,      the     Seniors     be- 

came resdess.  Each  night  the  dormitory 
was  crowded  with  "guests,"  studying  late 
into  the  night.  By  morning  a  group  of  tired 
Seniors  made  their  way  toward  the  building 
and  took  their  exams.  Feeling  that  they  could 
not  go  through  another  night  of  studying,  they 
decided  to  relax.  The  dormitory  became  a  refuge 
for  test-weary  boys,  while  others  sought  the  com- 
forts of  home.  Immediately  an  alarm  was  sent 
out  to  nab  the  truants. 

The  assistant  detective  (Dave)  went  into  ac- 
tion, armed  with  a  telephone  book  and  an  at- 
tendance sheet.  It  was  early  in  the  afternoon  as 
he  began  dialing  the  first  number.  Throughout 
the  afternoon,  he  interrogated  astonished  par- 
ents who  unfortunately  did  not  know  the  where- 
abouts of  their  youngsters.  Several  students 
received  inside  information  that  the  administra- 
tion had  been  checking  on  their  truancy  and 
desperately  tried  to  reach  their  parents  but  in 
vain.  That  night,  the  culprits  turned  restlessly  in 
tliefi-  beds.  Their  dreams  were  filled  with  a  small 
bespectacled  figure  pointing  the  finger  of  guilt 
at  them.  In  the  morning,  their  worst  fears  were 
confirmed.  They  were  summoned  to  the  office. 
Upon  entering,  they  were  met  with  the  grim 
face  of  Mr.  Abrams.  They  were  motioned  to 
the  lobby.  There,  they  sat  nervoush'  awaiting  tire 
gesture  which  would  send  them  to  the  inner 
sanctum.  One  at  a  time,  they  entered  the  cham- 
bers of  the  registrar. 

Word  spread  among  the  doomed.  A  forgery 
was  discovered  after  a  careful  analysis  of  a  sig- 
nature. Meanwhile  Dr.  Grinstein  was  attempting 
to  aid  Mr.  Abrams. 

"Hirshman,  you  weren't  home  yesterda>'.  I 
called  your  mother." 

"I  was  home." 


"You  weren't.  I  spoke  to  your  mother  on  the 

Then,  with  a  single  statement,  Marty  crushed 
the  charge. 

"But  Moreh,  I  ain't  got  no  phone." 

Earlv  in  December,  the  Seniors  conceived  an 
idea  which  brought  smiles  to  the  students  and 
frowns  from  the  administration.  The  Teacher's 
Institute  was  shocked  by  Seniors  in  outlandish 
costumes  marching  into  classes  amid  a  furor. 
Sheldon  Weinstein's  polka  dot  tie  and  green 
suspenders  were  acclaimed  by  many  as  the  most 
outstanding,    while    Sonny    Meiselman's    baggy 

pants  drew  raves  from  all.  However,  Marty 
Hirschman's  bright  red  vest  was  just  too  much  for 
Rabbi  \\'ind.  By  one  o'clock,  the  word  had 
spread  throughout  the  Senior  class.  The  dormi- 
tory was  converted  into  a  dressing  room  and 
bizarre  creatures  paraded  through  the  halls.  At 
1:30  the  Senior  clowns  proceeded  through  the 
street,  stopping  traffic  and  drawing  stares  from 
baffled  bystanders.  Upon  arriving  at  class,  they 
were  immediately  pounced  upon  by  Mr.  Lich- 
tenberg,  deputized  by  the  administration  for 
this  occasion.  Mr.  Lichtenberg  entered  the  math 
class    and   immediateh"    the    scene    was    one    of 

What  Do  You  Soy  Jos? 


chaos.  Many  fled  in  terror  while  others  attempted 
to  rip  ofl:  their  costumes.  Mr.  Lichtenberg's  job, 
briefly  stated,  was  "Nab  'em."  He  worked  in 
great  haste  and  succeeded  in  rounding  up  about 
ten  weirdly  clothed  seniors.  He  was  awarded  a 
citation  for  bravery  above  and  beyond  the  call 
of  duty.  Eric  Lustig  was  among  the  prisoners  and 
his  bathrobe  was  held  for  evidence.  The  con- 
victed v^'ere  suspended  pending  further  delibera- 
tion. A  delegation  of  Seniors,  however,  led  by 
Sidney  Brichto,  surrendered  themselves  to  Mr. 
Abrams.  The  lobby  was  already  overcrowded; 
the  Seniors  were  sent  back  to  class  with  a  stern 

The  7th  term  drew  to  a  close  with  final  ex- 
aminations. During  the  History  final  Skippy  Jot- 
kowitz  amazed  the  class  by  saying  Mincha  in 
the  middle  of  the  exam.  This  inspiration,  plus  a 
cheer  led  bv  RechtschaflFen,  Sid  Rosdeitcher, 
and  Bernie  Kosowsky,  F-0-F-T-T-T-F-F-O-T, 
brought  the  Seniors  success. 

The  Elchanite  was  now  in  its  final  stage. 
Preparations  were  being  made  ior  graduation 
and  Senior  Day.  The  Seniors  now  thought  nos- 
talgically of  all  the  happy  days  spent  under  the 
"dome."  They  had  one  short  terni  left,  and  then 
college.  High  school  still  had  its  thrills  and 
pleasures  to  be  supplied  in  the  final  term. 

I  hope  you  are  enjoying  my  tale.  Before  I  continue  the  story  of  the 
Seniors'  exploits,  I  should  like  to  take  a  few  pages  to  introduce  you  to 
them.  I  have  known  them  for  four  years  and  have  come  to  respect 
and  admire  them.  In  these  four  years,  they  have  left  an  imprint 
indelibly  carved  upon  my  stone  and  marble  body. 




One  of  Dr.  Brayer's  top  Hebrew  students,  Lenny  has  ex- 
hibited a  great  interest  in  Hebrew  activities  throughout  his 
four  years  at  T.A.  His  cheerful  disposition  and  amiable  per- 
sonality, which  have  gained  him  the  friendship  of  his  class- 
mates, will  be  a  great  asset  to  him  in  the  business  world  which 
he  hopes  to  enter  after  completing  his  college  career  at 

Intramural  Math  Team,  Intramural  Basketball 
Team.  Co-Editor  of  Hatchiyah,  Hatchiyah  Staff. 


One  of  the  most  assiduous  students  in  T.A.,  Alfred  hails 
from  a  town  which  was  also  the  home  of  another  famous 
Yeshivalite,  N.B.A.  Even  though  a  recent  arrival  to  T.A.,  Al 
established  a  reputation  as  an  erudite  scholar  in  the  Hebraic 
field  by  winning  a  Jewish  Agency  Award.  Balancing  this,  he 
also  displayed  talent  as  an  English  orator  and  journalist.  Alfred 
will  continue  his  studies  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Academy   News   Staff,   T.   A.   Scientific   Staff, 
Themes  Staff,  Elchanite  Staff. 


Although  small  in  stature,  Benjy's  cheerful  personality  and 
smiling  countenance  elevated  him  to  a  position  of  popularity 
among  his  classmates.  This  characteristic  will  certainly  bring 
Benjv  success  in  his  chosen  field.  He  will  enter  C.C.N.Y.  in 
the  Fall. 

Themes,  \^arsity  Fencing  Team. 



Eddie,  who  intends  entering  Law,  made  his  mark  in  the 
pohtical  field  by  being  elected  school  president.  He  has  shown 
his  oratorical  ability  by  being  a  member  of  the  inter-scholastic 
debating  team  for  the  last  three  terms  and  has  copped  many 
victories  for  the  school.  As  editor  of  Themes,  he  also  showed 
literary  ability.  Because  of  such  display  of  talent  in  so  many 
fields,  his  classmates  expect  him  to  achieve  his  goals. 


V.       -^wit 

President  of  CO.,  Co-Editor  of  Themes, 
Arista,  Interscholastic  Debating  Team,  Chairman 
of  Lost  and  Found  Comm.,  Chairman  of  Audio- 
Visual  Comm. 


Through  four  years  of  T.A.,  Jay  gained  the  reputation  of 
being  the  most  industrious  and  able  student  of  the  class. 
Because  of  these  virtues,  he  acquired  the  admiration  and  re- 
spect of  his  classmates  and  teachers.  He  inspired  his  class 
through  his  desire  for  learning.  His  scholastic  work  and  his 
service  to  the  school  earned  him  membership  on  the  Arista 
Honor  Society.  His  excellent  mind  and  great  ambition  will 
make  T.A.  proud  to  number  Jay  among  its  alumni. 

Associate  Literary  Editor  of  Elchanite,  Co- 
Chairman  of  Interscholastic  Math,  Senior  Coun- 
cil, Student  Council  Representative,  Feature 
Staff  of  Academy  News,  Arista.  VOTED  -  Class 
Scholar.  APPO/ZVTED  -  Class  Valedictorian. 


Philadelphia's  gift  to  the  world,  Sid,  the  eminent  scholar, 
entered  T.A.  in  his  Junior  year.  He  not  only  displayed  scholas- 
tic ability,  but  has  also  applied  his  wit  and  literary  talent  to 
extra-curricular  activities.  The  editor  of  the  Sr.  Ledger  con- 
tributed greatly  to  T.A.'s  publications.  The  scope  of  his  activi- 
ties has  also  extended  into  politics.  This  avid  reader  of  Plato 
originated  the  Dorm  Council  and  was  its  first  president.  His 
wit  and  personality  gained  the  friendship  of  his  classmates, 
and  we  are  sure  that  he  will  succeed  in  all  his  endeavors. 

Co-Editor  of  Senior  Ledger,  Associate  Literary 
Editor  of  Elchanite,  Feature  Editor  of  Academy 
News,  Student  Council  Representative,  President 
of  Dormitory  Council. 



"Les"  M.  Harvey  displayed  his  athletic  abilit>-  by  being  one 
of  the  original  members  of  the  Meteors.  His  classmates  are 
indebted  to  him  for  his  unusual  compositions  which  enabled 
Mr.  Leibel  to  graciously  waste  an  English  period.  After  attend- 
ing C.C.N.Y.  for  his  C.P.A.,  he  intends  to  embark  on  his  career 
in  partnership  with  his  close  friend,  Lennie  Barishansky. 

Class  Chess  Chairman,  Class  Chess  Team, 
Class  Math  Team,  Office  Squad,  Service  Squad, 
Hatchiyah  Staff. 


The  Double  Talking  King  of  T.A.,  Joe  was  a  cause  of  great 
comic  relief  to  his  classmates  in  the  course  of  their  serious 
studies.  He  was  the  only  one  in  the  history  of  T.A.  to  stump 
Doc  Shapiro  with  the  perplexing  question,  "On  which  side 
of  the  Maginot  Line  is  the  Swanson  Reservation?"  As  founder 
and  president  of  both  the  History  and  Obja  Clubs,  Joe  gained 
the  admiration  of  Mr.  Wollman,  his  devoted  History  teacher. 
Joe  intends  to  double-talk  his  way  through  Yeshiva  University 
and  we  wish  his  future  professors  the  best  of  luck. 

Co-Editor  of  the  Senior  Ledger.  Literaiy  Staff 
of  Elchanite,  Office  Squad. 


Chicky  gained  renown  throughout  the  school  by  his  classic 
rendition  of  "That  Lucky  Old  Sun."  His  main  claim  to  fame, 
however,  was  his  sparkling  play  on  the  basketball  court.  Under 
Mr.  Wettstein's  able  tutelage  he  developed  horn  a  gawky  kid 
to  a  finished  athlete.  A  hustler  and  an  earnest  student,  he  will 
most  certainly  succeed  in  his  chosen  profession,  bacteriology. 

Varsity  Basketball  Team.  Co-Captain  of  Base- 
ball Team,  Intramural  Basketball  Team,  Class 
Athletic  Manager. 



The  pleasant  representative  of  our  nation's  capital  is  one 
of  Rabbi  Borenstein's  favorite  pupils.  He  can  always  be  found 
diligently  pouring  over  a  Gemorah  in  the  Beth-Medrash. 
Elected  Gabbai  of  the  T.A.  dorm,  he  has  ably  discharged  his 
duties.  Monis  will  continue  his  Talmudic  studies  as  he  pursues 
a  pre-med  course  at  Y.U. 

Chug  Ivri,  Academy  News  Staff. 


Wearing  a  "Made-in-Israel"  label,  Shlomo  proceeded  slowly 
to  grapple  with  the  intricacies  of  the  English  language  and 
was  aided  in  this  venture  by  his  roommate,  Danny  Frucher, 
who  taught  him  the  more  colorful  elements  pf  the  language. 
Among  his  most  cherished  mementos  of  T.A.  is  his  Civics 
book,  which  he  will  endeavor  to  translate  into  Hebrew.  His 
interests  lay  in  the  physical  sciences,  and  he  will  continue  his 
studies  at  Yeshiva. 

Math  Club. 


Arthur  skipped  through  high  school  and  T.I.  without  un\ 
apparent  effort.  Easy  going,  possessing  a  good  sense  of  humor, 
he  has  acquired  many  friends  in  T.A.  Arthur  will  attend  Cit\- 
College  of  New  York  where  he  will  prepare  to  enter  the  field 
of  education. 

Intramural  Chess,  Intramural  Checkers. 



The  keeper  of  Mr.  Frankel's  aquarium,  Alan  showed  his 
comprehensive  understanding  of  the  anatomy  and  temper  of 
the  tropical  fish.  Alan  was  instrumental  in  the  financing  of 
the  Elchanite  by  his  diligent  efforts  in  its  behalf.  This  mild 
mannered  and  pleasant  student  will  study  pre-law  at  Yeshiva 

Assistant  Business  Manager  of  Elchanite,  First 
Aid  Club. 


Naftali  alternates  between  Summers  in  Chicago  and  Win- 
ters in  New  York.  His  fame  as  an  erudite  Talmudic  scholar  is 
already  known  and  requires  no  further  comment.  It  is  to  be 
noted  that  "Naft"  has  managed  to  live  through  two  years  of 
French  with  Dr.  Charles  quite  satisfactorily.  He'll  continue  at 
Yeshiva  for  a  B.A.  degree. 

Themes  Staff,  Checker  Intramural  team. 


Hans,  a  prominent  member  of  the  dual  alliance  with  EH 
Kirshblum,  has  quietly  worked  his  way  through  high  school. 
His  fa\"orite  subject  was  biology,  while  French  was  his  nemesis. 
Hans  will  attend  Yeshiva  where  he  will  study  for  the  Rab- 

Library  Staff,  Checker  Club. 



This  B.T.O.  cornered  the  athletic  department  in  his  Senior 
year  as  athletic  manager,  basketball  manager,  and  sports  edi- 
tor of  The  Academy  News.  Danny  proved  himself  indispens- 
able to  Mr.  Wettstein.  His  promotional  ability  has  not  only 
enabled  him  to  pass  English  but  has  also  been  the  cause  of 
capacity  crowds  at  T.A.  basketball  games.  Through  his  efforts 
the  Checker  Team  has  gained  prominence  among  the  inter- 
scholastic  teams  of  the  school.  He  will  continue  his  broad  edu- 
cation at  Yeshiva. 

Athletic  Manager  of  School,  Manager  of  School 
Basketball  Team,  Assistant  Business  Manager  of 
Academy  News,  Sports  Editor  of  Academy  News, 
President  of  Checker  Club,  Interscholastic  Check- 
er Team,  Sports  Editor  of  Junior  Ledger,  Inter- 
scholastic Checker  Chairman,  Intramural  Check- 
er Chairman,  Intramural  Basketball  Team. 


Azriel  quickly  adjusted  himself  to  the  American  way  of  life. 
After  a  sojourn  in  Israel  schools,  he  found  Yeshiva  an  ex- 
plorer's paradise.  Azriel  shamed  his  American  friends  by  his 
excellent  grades  in  his  English  subjects.  He  will  continue  his 
stay  at  Yeshiva,  eventually  to  return  to  Israel  as  a  mechanical 

Literary  Staff  of  Elchanite,  Hatchiyah  Staff. 


Whitey,  a  newcomer  to  the  school,  quickly  established  a 
reputation  as  an  authority  in  the  "social"  studies.  Serving  as 
Co-Business  Manager  of  the  Elchanite,  he  has  contributed  a 
great  deal  to  its  success.  He  will  make  business  his  future  vo- 
cation after  completing  his  studies  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Co-Business  Manager  of  Elchanite. 



This  cowboy  from  Phoenix,  Arizona,  has  been  selected  to 
tlie  "ehte"  few  to  be  a  three  year  student  at  Tabnudical.  An 
editor  of  Hatchiyah,  Josh  hopes  to  estabhsh  a  Hebrew  language 
paper  in  the  Far  West  to  further  the  cause  of  Torah  education 
among  the  Western  correspondents. 

Editor  of  Hatchiyah,   S.O.Y.   Representative, 
President  of  Chug  Ivri  Club. 


Benjamin,  another  of  the  Israel  additions  to  our  institution, 
established  himself  in  the  iimer  cii-cle  of  the  \\'ashington 
Heights  Bnei  Akiva.  Among  his  endearing  talents  are  abilities 
in  Israeli  dancing  and  chess  playing.  It  seems  that  Mr.  Cohen 
inspired  him  with  a  love  for  math,  which  will  be  his  major  at 
Yeshiva   next   \'ear. 

Chess  Club. 


Ell>%  because  of  his  pleasant  demeanor  and  winning  per- 
sonalit\%  established  lasting  friendships  with  many  of  his  class- 
mates. Although  he  often  aroused  the  ire  of  many  teachers  by 
his  \\'ell  timed  witticisms,  his  diplomacy  retiu'ned  him  to  tlieir 
good  graces.  His  scholastic  achiex'cments  and  his  many  services 
to  the  school  have  earned  him  the  honor  of  Arista  member- 
slup.  His  tireless  efforts  as  Business  Manager  of  the  Elchanite 
won  him  the  respect  of  his  colleagues.  Having  exhibited  ability 
in  the  field  of  science  he  will  study  medicine  at  Columbia 

Co-Business  Manager  of  Elchanite,  School 
Athletic  Manager,  Basketball  Manager,  President 
of  Chemistry  Club,  Arista,  Student  Council  Rep- 
resentative, Senior  Council,  Co-Chatnnan  of  In- 
tramural Math,  Office  Squad,  Interscholastic 
Fencing  Team,  Service  Squad,  Intr-amural  Bas- 
ketball Team.  VOTED— Most  Handsome. 



Marcel,  one  of  the  imports  from  France,  is  the  pride  and 
joy  of  Doctor  Charles  due  to  his  fluency  in  the  French  lan- 
guage. Marcel's  interest,  however,  lies  in  the  realm  of  science. 
He  will  pursue  this  course  of  study  in  the  City  College  of  N.  Y. 

Service  Squad,  T.A.  Scientific,  Academy  News 
Tvping  Staff,  Elchanite  Copv  Staff,  Hatchiyah 


Reub's  winning  way  with  words  has  earned  him  a  place 
on  the  class  debating  team  for  the  last  three  years.  Although 
one  of  the  quieter  Seniors,  he  has  been  of  service  to  his  class. 
His  favorite  teacher  was  Mr.  Lichtenberg,  in  whose  class  he 
was  a  member  of  the  "cooperative."  Stethoscope  in  hand,  he 
will  serve  humanitv  as  a  doctor. 

Intramural  Math  Team,  Intramural  Checker 
Team,  Academy  News  Staff,  Library  Staff, 
Themes  Staff. 


Marty,  the  Class  Casanova,  as  his  classmates  regard  him, 
waltzed  his  way  through  T.A.  Marty,  a  prominent  member  of 
the  intramural  basketball  team,  shows  talent  as  an  artist  and 
saxophonist,  much  to  the  delight  of  his  favorite  teacher,  Mr. 
Wollman.  Marty  hopes  to  attend  Y.U.  where  he  will  most 
probably  major  in  hau"  styling. 

Intramural  Basketball  Team,  President  of  Or- 
chestra Club.  VOTED — Class  Casanova. 



This  zan\'  newcomer  from  Brooklyn  proved  himself  a  self- 
staled  expert  on  many  subjects.  He  kept  a  sharp  watch  for 
"radical"  infiltrators  in  the  History  class,  and  intellectual  liter- 
ary discussions  with  Mr.  Leibel  displayed  his  unquenchable 
thirst  for  knowledge.  He  will  long  be  remembered  for  his  piet\' 
during  the  American  History  final.  Seymour,  an  excellent  stu- 
dent, will  attend  Columbia  University. 

Treasurer  of  School,  President  of  Chemistry 
Club,  Co-Editor  of  T.A.  Scientific,  Service  Squad, 
Baseball  Team,  Student  Council  Representative. 


Because  of  his  regard  for  others,  Joel  was  the  most  respected 
member  of  the  Senior  Class.  The  high  position  which  Joel 
occupied  in  the  opinion  of  his  classmates  enabled  him  to  take 
on  the  role  of  class  leader.  Elected  as  President  of  the  Senior 
Council  and  Co-Editor-in-Chief  of  the  Elchanite,  he  showed 
himself  worthy  of  their  faith  by  his  outstanding  performance 
in  these  capacities.  Joel  will  continue  his  successes  in  the 
study  of  Medicine  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Co-Editor-in-Chief  of  Elchanite,  President  of 
Senior  Council,  Arista,  Editor  of  Academy  News, 
Interscholastic  Chess  Team,  Captain  of  Tennis 
Team,  Student  Council  Representative,  News 
Editor,  Copy  Editor  of  Academy  News,  Intra- 
mural Basketball  Team,  President  of  Journahsm 
Club,  Baseball  Team,  Domi  Council.  VOTED— 
Most  likely  to  Succeed,  Best  Personality,  Best 


This  jolly  student  laughed  his  way  through  four  years  of 
school.  His  biggest  mistake  was  when  he  questioned  the  in- 
telligence of  one  of  Doc's  questions.  He  was  ordered  to  write 
500  times:  "This  is  not  a  stupid  question."  He  is  still  not  con- 
vinced. He  intends  to  study  for  the  Rabbinate  at  Yeshiva 

Library  Staff,  Service  Squad. 



An  original  member  of  the  quadruple  alliance,  Kussy  dis- 
played aptitude  in  math  and  history.  He  was  a  prominent 
member  of  the  varsity  Math  Team.  His  subtle  humor  delighted 
his  classmates  and  was  even  appreciated  by  so  demanding  a 
critic  as  E.  S.  Leibel.  His  future  professors  at  Columbia  Col- 
lege will  have  the  benefit  of  his  jovial  disposition  as  he  will 
study  Medicine  at  that  institution. 

Co-Editor  of  Senior  Ledger,  Arista,  Interscho- 
lastic  Math  Team,  Intramural  Math  Chairman, 
Copy  Editor  of  Elchanite,  Typing  Editor  of 
Academy  News,  Student  Council  Representative. 


Another  Belgian  delegate  who  added  to  the  cosmopolitan 
atmosphere  to  T.  A.,  Oscar's  knowledge  of  French  endeared 
him  to  Dr.  Charles.  He  will  continue  his  education  as  a  pre- 
med  major  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Chemistry  Club,  Biology  Club. 


From  out  of  the  Beth-Medrash  of  Salanter,  riding  the  cross- 
town  bus,  came  this  mighty  scholar.  He  came  to  T.A.  quiet 
as  a  lamb  to  pursue  his  studies  in  the  Sea  of  the  Talmud. 
Being  a  fervent  history  student,  he  always  found  Doc's  class 
interesting.  We  can  be  assured  that  he  will  be  successful  in 
Yeshiva  where  he  will  further  his  Talmudic  studies. 

Chug  Ivri,  Hatehiyah  Staff. 



A  recent  addition  to  the  class  of  '54,  this  Belgian  import  has 
proved  a  quick  and  able  student.  Although  here  only  a  short 
time,  he  has  acquired  many  friends.  He  will  continue  his  edu- 
cation at  Yeshiva  University. 

Elchanite  Photograph\-  Staff,  Academ\-  Ne^^'s 
Staff,  Stamp  Club. 


This  Bronx  lad  has  "pushed"  his  way  through  T.A.  with 
great  facility.  Though  possessing  no  great  love  for  liis  T.I. 
facult^s  he  has  shown  his  endurance  in  remaining  with  them. 
A  fine  photographer,  he  has  benefited  the  Elclianife  with  his 
services.  He  will  major  in  chemistr>'  at  Y.U. 

Elchanite  Photographv  Staff,  Academy  News 


Living  in  constant  fear  of  the  censor,  Eric,  nevertheless, 
succeeded  in  publishing  the  finest  Academy  News  tlie  school 
ever  had.  Although  his  fiery  editorials  rarely  passed  the  watch- 
ful eyes  of  the  L.B.I.  (Leibel  Bureau  of  Investigation),  they 
still  had  the  desired  effect  in  combating  the  rampant  injustices 
then  present  in  our  school  system.  For  these  activities  on  be- 
half of  his  oppressed  classmates  he  was  awarded  Arista  mem- 
bership. Eric  decided  to  retire  from  his  enervating  journalistic 
enterprises  and  settle  down  as  an  engineer.  He  will  pursue  this 
goal  at  Cooper  Union. 

Editor  of  Academy  News,  News  Editor,  Stu- 
dent Council  Representative,  President  of  Jour- 
nalism Club,  Elchanite  Staff. 



Larry  has  made  his  mark  in  the  annals  of  T.A.  history  as 
one  of  our  great  checker  wizards.  He  has  also  shown  great 
proficiency  in  his  Hebrew  and  Secular  studies,  and  intends 
to  continue  his  education  at  Yeshiva  Universits'. 

Intramural     Checker     Team, 
Checker  Team,  Chug  Ivri. 



Sonny,  with  a  disposition  to  match  his  name,  is  a  starting 
member  of  the  varsity  basketball  team.  With  his  colleagues, 
he  can  be  found  lounging  in  Room  114  of  the  dorm  dis- 
cussing matters  of  social  significance,  such  as  the  problems 
of  the  growing  adolescent.  Sonny  is  intent  on  becoming  a 
dentist  and  will  prepare  for  this  at  Y.U. 


Basketball    Team, 
Best  Natured. 

Baseball    Team. 


This  intellectual  import  from  Canada  has  brought  with  him 
to  T.A.  a  love  for  the  Greeks  and  philosophy.  An  excellent       ii" 
student  in  all  his  subjects,  he  finds  Chemistry  very  fascinating. 
He  hopes  to  prepare  for  engineering  at  N.Y.U. 

Chemistry  Club. 



Laughing  Larry  kept  himself  in  shape  by  running  errands 
for  the  teachers.  Larry  helped  T.A.  win  many  checker  matches 
with  his  skillful  play.  This  prospective  accountant  will  receive 
his  higher  education  at  C.C.N.Y. 

Interscholastic  Checker  Chairman,   Interscho- 
lastic  Checker  Team,  Librarv  Staff. 


Stan  was  class  politician  since  his  Freshman  year.  While 
only  a  Sophomore,  he  won  the  respect  and  admiration  of  the 
entire  school  by  his  courageous  stand  against  the  administra- 
tion in  the  bloody  battle  for  exemptions.  This  Patrick  Henry 
gained  fame  by  his  unique  bedside  address  in  the  election 
campaign  of  1954.  Known  by  Doc  as  the  ghost,  Stan's  class- 
room witticism  has  been  the  torment  of  his  teachers.  Stan  in- 
tends to  enter  C.C.N.Y.  where  he  will  further  his  political 

Student  Council  Representative  8  terms,  Edi- 
tor of  Informer,  Co-Editor  of  Senior  Ledger, 
Varsity  Basketball  Team,  Interscholastic  Debat- 
ing Team,  Interscholastic  Fencing  Team. 


Variety  is  the  spice  of  life.  Monty  proved  this  true  by  the 
intense  enjoyment  which  he  derives  from  his  multifarious  ac- 
tivities. Monte  attained  fame  through  his  erudite  discourses 
on  flocking,  besil,  and  beaches  during  Senior  Council  meet- 
ings. Many  a  teacher  was  forced  to  maintain  a  dignified  ap- 
pearance throughout  the  day  in  fear  of  this  Elchanite  photog- 
raphy editor's  alert  camera.  This  jack  of  all  trades  will  surely 
succeed  in  the  profession  of  his  choice. 

Elchanite     Photography     Editor,     Editor     of 
Themes,  Editor  of  T.A.  Scientific,  Senior  Council. 



Tsvi,  another  member  of  the  steadily  growing  Israeli  dele- 
gation, is  a  recent  addition  to  the  class  of  1954.  His  keen 
knowledge  of  Math,  enabled  him  to  become  one  of  Mr.  Lieh- 
tenberg's  better  students.  Tsvi  will  continue  his  education  at 
Yeshiva  University. 

Math  Club. 


Vice-President  of  the  Student  Organization,  "Dave's"  good 
disposition,  and  perpetual  willingness  to  help,  gained  him  the 
friendship  and  gratitude  of  the  entire  school  body.  His  great 
admiiation  for  numbers  made  him  one  of  Mr.  Lichtenberg's 
"Brighter  Students."  Due  to  his  scholastic  ability  and  school 
service  he  was  elected  to  the  Arista.  Dave  will  continue  his 
education  at  Cornell  where  he  will  major  in  Math. 

Vice-President  of  School,  Assistant  Editor  of 
T.A.  Scientific,  Interscholastic  Math  Team,  Aris- 
ta, Literary  Staff  of  Elchanite,  Student  Council 
Representative,  Copy  Editor  of  Academy  News, 
Interscholastic  Checker  Team,  Intramural  Check- 
er Chairman. 


An  avid  reader  and  lover  of  classical  music,  Micha  has  pur- 
sued his  interests  in  these  fields.  A  good  deal  of  his  reading 
has  been  in  the  Social  Sciences.  A  member  of  the  Student 
Council,  he  will  aspire  for  the  rabbinate  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Student  Council  Representative,  President  of 
Glee  Club. 


Because  of  his  many  efforts  to  achieve  glory  for  his  school. 
Norm  became  the  most  popular  student  in  T.A.  In  recognition 
of  his  devotion  to  his  school,  honor  after  honor  was  heaped 
upon  him.  He  was  elected  Captain  of  the  basketball  team  and 
Co-Editor-in-Chief  of  the  Elchanite.  While  playing  many  otlier 
leading  roles  in  school  life,  Norm  still  found  time  to  be  host  to 
many  of  his  classmates  in  his  dormitoi'y  abode.  Able  to  do 
everything  but  "tend  the  furnace,"  his  classmates  have  great 
expectations  for  him. 

Co-Editor-in-Chief  of  Elchanite,  Co-Editor  of 
Junior  Ledger,  Co-Editor  of  Informer.  Captain 
of  Basketball  Team,  Vice-President  of  Senior 
Council,  Captain  of  Service  Squad,  Arista,  Inter- 
scholastic  Chess  Team,  Interscholastic  Checker 
Team,  Student  Council  Representative,  Feature 
Editor  &  Business  Manager  of  Academy  News, 
Baseball  Team.  VOTED— Most  Popular,  Did 
Most  for  School,  Class  Athlete. 


"If  you  call  it  cake,  it's  cake;  if  you  don't,  you  don't."  This 
statement  best  typifies  Charley's  bright  outlook  on  life.  Char- 
ley, pipe  in  hand,  is  T.A.'s  contribution  to  the  field  of  mathe- 
matics. Well  advanced  into  the  secrets  of  higher  mathematics, 
he  is  already  one  of  Dr.  Ginsburg's  most  promising  students. 
He  earned  the  gratitude  of  Mr.  Lichtenberg,  for  his  assistance 
in  teaching  Advanced  Algebra.  Because  of  his  e.xceptional  tal- 
ent in  this  subject,  he  will  make  math  his  life's  work. 

Interscholastic  Math  Chairman,  Interscholastic 
Chess  Chairman,  Vlath  Team,  Chess  Team,  Stu- 
dent Council  Representative,  President  of  Math 


Between  his  dialectic  and  nietaph>'sical  discourses,  Izzy 
managed  to  fly  through  school  in  the  short  space  of  three 
years.  His  eloquence  served  him  advantageously  as  member 
of  the  debating  team  and  news  editor  of  The  Academy  News. 
We  remain  indebted  to  him  for  filling  our  lonely  evenings 
through  his  persistent  efforts  as  Executive  Director  of  the 
Tzidkes  Bureau. 

News  Editor  of  Academy  News,  Co-Editor  of 
Junior  Ledger,  Interscholastic  Debating  Team, 
Interscholastic  Fencing  Team,  Student  Council 
Representative,  Chairman  of  Canvassing  and 
Constitutional  Comm.,  Literary  Staff  of  Elcha- 
nite, Copy  Editor  of  Academy  News. 



You  name  it,  he  typed  it.  Poodles  has  been  t>'ping  editor 
of  every  pubhcation  in  T.A.  His  laughter  breaks  the  omi- 
nous silence  following  many  teachers'  "jokes."  He  will  at- 
tend Rutgers  University  where  he  will  become  an  accountant. 

Copy  StaS  of  Elchanite,  Typing  Editor  of  Sen- 
ior Ledger,  Baseball  Team,  Typing  Staff  of 
Themes,  Associate  Editor  of  Senior  Ledger,  Typ- 
ing Editor  of  Academy  News,  Typing  Staff  of 
T.A.  Scientific. 


Milty's  resonant  voice  and  cheerful  disposition  raised  the 
spirits  of  his  drowsy  schoolmates  many  times.  Together  with 
Marty  Hirshman,  he  sang  his  way  through  T.A.,  much  to  the 
delight  of  his  classmates.  He  prides  himself  as  being  one  of 
the  charter  members  of  the  Hobo  Club.  Milty  will  make  ad- 
vertising his  profession  and  will  emphasize  the  efficacy  of 
singing  commercials. 

Service    Squad,    Baseball    Team,    Intramural 
Basketball  Team. 


From  the  shores  of  Far  Rockaway  to  the  fields  of  T.A.,  has 
come  this  boisterous  youth.  His  friends  looked  with  awe  at 
the  complex  blueprints  of  his  latest  invention.  Inspired  by  Mr. 
Greitzer,  he  is  determined  to  invent  a  perpetual  motion  ma- 
chine. He  will  continue  this  scientific  research  at  Columbia. 

Elchanite  Art  Staff,  Elchanite  Business  Staff, 
Intramural  Math  and  Chess  Teams. 



Flunk  a  test?  Feel  down  and  out?  Need  someone  to  cheer 
you  up?  See  Rechtschaffen,  the  man  with  the  perennial  smile. 
Ruddy's  geniality  and  boisterous  humor  served  his  classmates 
well,  and  caused  them  great  comic  relief  from  their  toilsome 
studies.  His  renowned  "modesty"  has  been  the  cause  of  many 
jokes.  The  performer  of  many  services  to  the  school,  he  was 
elected  president  of  the  Arista.  A  brain  in  math,  he  will  un- 
doubtedly succeed  at  Columbia  where  he  will  prepare  for  a 
career  in  engineering. 

President  of  Arista,  Service  Squad,  Student 
Council  Representative,  Interscholastic  Math 
Team,  News  Editor  of  Junior  Ledger,  Inhamural 
Chess  Team. 


Rosy,  T.A.'s  literary  paragon,  has  shown  his  true  ability  in 
his  Senior  year  as  a  leader  and  organizer.  His  fellow  workers 
were  always  awed  by  the  tremendous  amount  of  talent  and 
energy  he  showed  as  literary  editor  of  the  Eldianite.  Though 
a  superior  student  and  an  excellent  friend,  his  innate  modesty 
has  not  allowed  him  to  receive  the  praise  which  his  class  feels 
that  he  deserves.  Always  sticking  up  for  his  fellow  students 
and  never  too  serious  to  break  out  into  laughter,  his  friends 
have  found  it  an  enriching  experience  to  have  known  and  to 
have  worked  with  him. 

Literary  Editor  of  Elchanite,  Interscholastic 
Math  Team,  Arista,  Feature  Editor  of  Junior 
Ledger,  Baseball  Team,  Student  Council  Rep- 
resentative, Intramural  Basketball  Team,  Senior 
Council.   APPOINTED— Class   Salutatorian. 


The  boys  are  indebted  to  Harvey  for  the  use  of  his  home 
as  the  base  of  operations  for  social  gatherings.  Zvi  is  usually 
found  lounging  in  Moishe  and  Harry's  where  he  discusses  mat- 
ters of  contemporary  importance.  He  has  constantly  matched 
wits  with  his  teachers  much  to  the  glee  of  the  students.  His 
interest  in  the  workings  of  the  human  mind  has  made  him 
decide  upon  the  psychiati-ic  profession.  He  will  commence  his 
college  education  in  Y.U. 

Intramural  Basketball  Team,  Co-Captain  of 
Baseball  Team,  Co-Chairman  of  March  of  Dimes 



An  able  Astorian,  Joe  has  come  to  T.A.  in  order  to  prepare 
himself  for  the  Rabbinate.  He  decided  upon  this  objective 
because  of  his  interest  in  people,  which  is  manifested  by  his 
leadership  of  many  youth  groups. 

Service  Squad,  Elchanite  Copy  Staff. 


One  of  the  fanatic  followers  of  the  T.A.  Basketball  Team, 
Arno  advanced  to  the  position  of  Basketball  and  Athletic 
Manager  of  T.A.  His  extemporaneous  minutes  as  Secretary  of 
the  class  have  amazed  and  amused  both  Mr.  Leibel  and  his 
classmates.  He  intends  going  to  C.C.N.Y.  where  he  will  be- 
come a  C.P.A.  Having  endeared  himself  to  his  fellow  class- 
mates, he  is  assured  of  receiving  their  income  tax  returns. 

Athletic  Manager  of  School,  Assistant  Basket- 
ball Manager,  Intramural  Basketball  Team. 


Lenny,  who  prides  himself  in  being  a  Brooklynite,  achieved 
great  success  in  his  studies.  He  attained  the  pinnacle  of  his 
successful  school  career  by  winning  the  vice-presidency  of 
the  Student  Organization.  Always  cheerful  and  in  constanth' 
good  spirits,  he  was  a  buddy  to  all.  His  extensive  knowledge 
of  the  social  studies  is  due  to  another  holder  of  that  illustrious 
name.  Desiring  to  enter  the  field  of  medicine,  he  will  con- 
tinue his  education  at  Yeshiva  U.  as  a  pre-med  student. 

Vice-President  of  School,  Library  Staff,  Intra- 
mural Basketball  Team,  Circulation  Manager  of 
Academy  News,  Baseball  Team,  Intramural 
Chess  Team.  VOTED— Best  Natured. 



Anscliel  derives  great  satisfaction  from  his  Talmudic  and 
Hebraic  studies.  He  exhibited  his  broad  knowledge  of  the 
Hebrew  hinguage  by  his  fine  work  for  Hatchiyah.  Anschel  will 
attend  Yeshiva  University  where  he  will  prepare  for  the  Rab- 

Editor  of  Hatchiyah. 


Sam  and  his  imported  Israeli  harmonica  entertained  his 
schoolmates  with  numerous  concerts.  Aside  from  his  musical 
talent  he  has  shown  exceptional  ability  as  an  artist.  He  will 
continue  his  education  at  Y.U.  where  he  will  study  eventually 
to  become  a  Hebrew  teacher. 

Orchestra  Club. 


As  head  librarian,  Saul  proved  himself  indispensable  to 
Doc  Shapiro  by  liis  successful  efforts  in  maintaining  efficiency 
in  the  library.  A  relentless  collector  of  fines,  he  enriched  the 
library  fund.  Saul  intends  to  pursue  his  technical  interests  in 
the  field  of  mechanics. 

Head  Librarian,  Co-Chah-man  of  Audio  Vis- 
ual Coinm.,  Chairman  of  Lost  and  Found  Comm. 



This  Hobokenite,  commuting  to  and  from  T.A.  every  day, 
gave  us  the  impression  of  enjoying  school.  Good  humored  and 
reticent,  he  was  very  well  liked  and  appreciated  by  his  class- 
mates. His  excellent  programs  in  Mr.  Leibel's  class  shall  not 
soon  be  forgotten.  A  diligent  worker  on  many  school  publi- 
cations, including  the  Elchanite,  he  contributed  much  to  the 
school.  He  is  devoted  to  Pharmacy  and  will  major  in  this  field 
in  Rutgers  University. 

Assistant  Business  Manager  of  Elchanite,  Serv- 
ice Squad. 


This  elegant  equestrian  galloped  his  way  through  T.A.  and 
won  by  a  nose.  Though  not  enjoying  the  long  hours  and  Sun- 
day sessions,  he,  nevertheless,  had  a  merry  time  during  his 
stay.  The  assistant  business  manager  of  the  Elchanite,  he  has 
alreadv  decided  to  studv  business  administration  at  N.Y.U. 

Assistant  Business  Manager  of  Elchanite,  Presi- 
dent of  Photography  Club.  VOTED  —  Best 


Doc  is  forever  grateful  to  Sim  for  allowing  him  to  conduct 
an  Economics  class.  Sim,  by  virtue  of  his  riotous  observations, 
was  the  nemesis  of  his  teachers.  This  self-styled  basketball 
star,  because  of  his  wit,  was  able  to  dissolve  his  teammates" 
tension  in  the  midst  of  important  games.  One  of  the  best 
dressed  Seniors,  he  set  the  style  in  T.A.  fashions.  Sim  will 
major  in  (funny)  Business  at  C.C.N.Y. 

Varsity    Basketball    Team,     Baseball    Team. 
VOTED— Class  Comedian. 



Herman  Stone,  the  rock  of  the  Math  Team,  contributed 
greatly  to  its  success.  His  contagious  laugh  combined  with 
his  friendly  backslapping  constantly  kept  his  teammates  in 
good  spirits.  This  future  atom  smasher  will  tend  the  cyclo- 
trons at  Yeshiva  University. 

Interscholastic  Math  Team,  Intramural  Chess 
Team,  Inhamural  Chess  Chairman,  Student 
Council  Representative. 


Mel,  the  politician  from  Salanter,  made  good  in  T.A.  Al- 
tliough  he  received  the  highest  honors  that  his  school  could 
l)estow  upon  him  (President  of  the  CO.,  member  of  Arista), 
he,  neverdieless,  remained  a  friend  to  all.  A  great  wit,  possess- 
ing a  flair  for  the  dramatics,  and  always  a  lot  of  fun,  Mel  was 
a  soui-ce  of  great  pleasure  to  all  those  who  have  worked  with 
him.  Whatever  field  he  chooses  his  classmates  expect  great  suc- 
tess  from  him  and  are  proud  to  have  made  his  acquaintance. 

President  of  School,  Secretary  of  School, 
Arista,  Student  Council  Representative,  Asso- 
ciate Literary  Editor  of  Elchanite,  Co-Editor  of 
Senior  Ledger,  President  of  Dramatics  Club. 
V^CTED— Class  Politician. 


Having  served  as  Treasurer  of  the  G.O.  was  ample  evidence 
that  Ernest  enjoys  Political  Science.  Further  proof  of  Iris  love 
for  political  harangue  was  found  by  listening  to  him  spout 
at  G.O.  meetmgs.  This  ardent  Bnei  Akivite  is  also  an  amateur 
pianist.  This  esthete  was  also  president  of  the  Art  Club  for 
several  terms. 

Treasurer  of  School,  President  of  the  Art 
Club,  Interscholastic  Checker  Team,  Interscho- 
lastic Chess  Team,  Intramural  Chess  Team,  In- 
tramural Checker  Team,  Intramural  Math  Team, 
Student  Council  Representative,  President  of  the 
After-School  Biologv  Club. 



One  of  T.A.'s  foremost  basketball  stars,  Winnie  was  one 
of  the  main  factors  in  the  great  success  of  our  basketball  team. 
Winnie  was  a  regular  patron  of  Palefski's  social  parlour.  His 
friendliness  aided  many  a  languishing  chemist  to  hurdle  Mr. 
Berger's  obstacle  course.  Being  able  in  the  sciences,  he  will 
concentrate  his  efforts  in  the  field  of  Turbo-Electrical  Engi- 
neering at  C.C.N.Y. 

Varsity  Basketball  Team,  President  of  Biology 
Club,  Swimming  Club,  Library  Staff,  Baseball 
Team,  Student  Council  Representative. 


Sol  arrived  from  the  City  of  Brotherly  Love  in  his  Junior 
year.  He  immediately  gained  fame  for  his  performances  on 
the  violin.  Playing  the  violin,  however,  is  not  Sol's  only  pro- 
ficiency. He  displayed  his  exceptional  ability  as  a  chess  player, 
as  the  Interscholastic  Chess  Chairman.  A  very  likable  fellow 
and  a  lover  of  the  sciences,  Sol  will  succeed  as  an  electrical 

Orchestra,  Interscholastic  Chess  Chairmen,  El- 
chanite  Copy  Staff,  Academy  News  Typing 


Because  of  his  unique  name,  Matisyohu  provided  much 
amusement  to  Messieurs  Leibel  and  Gendell  who  industriously 
endeavored  to  find  its  meaning.  His  assiduous  note-keeping  in 
T.L  made  him  the  most  popular  kid  in  the  school  when  finals 
came  around.  His  sheurim  in  Gemorah  were  the  cause  of  the 
many  high  grades  received  in  that  subject  by  his  grateful  col- 
leagues. Matt's  great  love  for  Jewish  knowledge,  together  with 
his  ceaseless  patience,  guarantees  him  success  in  the  teaching 

Senior  Council,  Student  Council  Representa- 
tive, Co-Chairman  of  March  of  Dimes  Comm., 
Literary  Staff  of  Elchanite,  News  Staff  of  Acad- 
emy News,  Office  Squad,  Service  Squad,  Dorm 
Council.  VOTED— Class  Adas. 



Tobias'  sound  mind  and  keen  quip  earned  him  the  respect 
of  his  classmates.  His  large  vocabulary,  in  several  tongues, 
enabled  him  to  quickly  evaluate  both  fellow  students  and 
teachers.  Tobias  received  deserved  honors  when  he  was 
awarded  an  honorary  membership  in  the  Yiddish  Speakers 
Societs^  He  will  continue  his  education  at  Yeshiva  University. 

Intramural      Basketball      Team,      Intramural 
Checker  Team. 


David,  a  transfer  student  from  B.T.A.,  found  no  difBcult\' 
in  making  new  friends  in  his  new  school.  He  immediately  in- 
terested himself  in  e.\tra-curricular  activities,  taking  on  the 
position  of  class  debating  manager.  His  work  in  the  library 
was  keenly  appreciated.  Dave  intends  to  continue  his  studies 
at  Y.U.  where  he  will  be  a  pre-med  student. 

Library  Staff,  Inti-amural  Math  Team. 


Every  October  this  Flatbush  faithful  is  numbered  among 
the  mourning  "bums."  When  not  at  the  Empress,  he  may  be 
found  at  the  Lane.  An  intimate  friend  of  Dr.  Shapiro,  he  has 
derived  much  satisfaction  from  Social  Studies.  His  drawing 
abilit)'  entitled  him  to  the  position  of  Elchanite  Art  Editor. 
His  punchball  ability  will  win  him  an  athletic  scholarshp 
to  Y.U. 

Art  Editor  of  the  Elchanite,  Publicity  Direc- 
tor of  Basketball  Team,  Co-Editor  of  Informer, 
Co-Editor  of  Junior  Ledger,  Intramural  Basket- 
ball Team. 



A  masmid  in  both  his  secular  and  Talmudic  studies,  Bert 
excels  in  mathematics  and  the  physical  sciences.  He  worked 
on  the  T.A.  Scientific  and  kept  himself  in  shape  by  being  a 
member  of  the  fencing  team.  He  will  keep  his  head  in  the 
sky  as  a  major  in  aero  engineering  at  C.C.N.Y. 

Varsity  Fencing,  T.A.  Scientific. 

Senior  Jji recto ry[ 


L.  Barishansky,  2298  Creston  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

A.  Becker,  1410  E.  Fayette  St.,  Syracuse,  N.Y. 

B.  Berger,  2081  Cruger  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

E.  Berger,  601  Pelham  Parkway  N.  Bronx,  N.Y. 
H.  Bernstein,  2030  Walton  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
J.  Braverman,  2725  Webb  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
S.  Brichto,  4924  N.  9th  St.,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 
A.  Chaikin,  344  E.  176th  St.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
J,  Chervin,  15  Trenure  Ave.,  Spring  Vallev,  N.Y. 
M.  Dachman,  473  F  St.  S.W.,  Washington,'  D.C. 
S.  Dukler,  35  Sadia  Gaon,  Tel  Aviv,  Israel 
A.  Eisenberg,  110  W.  96th  St.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
A.  Englart,  7  Casper  Court  Jersey  Citv,  N.J. 
N.  Friedman,  600  W.  146th  St.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
H.  Froehlich,  25-22  Steinway  St.,  Queens,  N.Y. 

D.  Frucher,  19  Kensington  Ave.,  Jer.sey  City,  N.J. 
J.  Gartenberg,  953  Collins  Ave.,  Miami  Beach 

A.  Genachowski,  .54  Bialik  St.,  Ramat  Can,  Israel 
J.  Gortler,  754  E.  Culver  St.,  Phoenix,  Arizona 

B.  Green,  602  W.  157th  St.,  New  York,  N.Y. 

E.  Gross,  25  E.  Penn  St.,  Long  Beach,  N.Y. 

M.  Halberstadt,  195  Nagle  Ave.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
R.  Heller,  460  Audubon  Ave.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
M.  Hirschman,  245  Echo  Place,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
S.  Jotkowitz,  1541—50  St.,  B'klyn,  N.Y. 
J.  Kaplan,  1037  Neilson  Ave.,  Far  Rockaway 

E.  Kirshblum,  135  N.  72  Ave.,  Queens,  N.Y. 
B.  Kosowsky,  3200  Decatur  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
O.  Kranz,  1683  Boston  Road,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

A.  Lamm,  2090  Walton  Ave.,  Bronx.  N.Y. 

F.  Lasser.  300  W.  109th  St..  New  York,  N.Y. 

P.  Lieberman,  1660  Crotona  Park  E.,  Bronx.  N.Y. 
E.  Lustig,  1203  Caffrey  Ave.,  Far  Rockaway 
L.  Magin,  1703  Washington  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
N.  Meiselman,  1981  Honeywell  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
L.  Meltzer,  1018  E.  156th  St.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

L.  Mir,  225  W.  86th  St.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
S.  Moses,  675  W.  160th  St.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
M.  Nussbaum,  2102  Bronx  Park  E.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
T.  Nussbaum,  c/o  Dorfler,  307  W.  82nd  St.,  New 
York,  N.Y. 

D.  Olim,  1155  Galloping  Hill,  Ehzabeth,  N.J. 
M.  Oppenheim,  431  Audubon  Ave.,  New  York, 

N.  Palefski,  33  E.  Chester  St.,  Long  Beach,  N.Y. 

C.  Patt,  1752  W.  7th  St.,  B'klyn,  N.Y. 

I.  Perlmutter,  115  Amherst  St.,  B'klyn,  N.Y. 
P.  Podelsky,  706  Hudson  St.,  Hoboken,  N.J. 
M.  Pollack,  1040  Fox  St.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
M.  Rackman,  1152  Sage  St.,  Far  Rockawav,  N.Y. 
R.  Rechtschaffen,  160  W.  9.5th  St.,  New  York 
S.  Rosdeitcher,  62  W.  23rd  St.,  Bayonne,  N.J. 
H.  Rosen,  233  Longstreet  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
J.  Rothbeerger,  38-12  Grand  Ave.,  Queens,  N.Y. 
A.  Schachter,  610-15  W.  175th  St.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

A.  Schallamach,  555  W.  156th  St.,  New  York 
S.  Schoeffler,  283  Audubon  Ave.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
M.  Sehgman,  819  Washington  St.,  Hoboken,  N.J. 
L.  Shapiro,  8696— 21st  Ave.,  B'klyn,  N.Y. 

S.  Siegel,  263  E.  Tremont  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
M.  Simon,  1930  Anthony  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
J.    Steindecker,    262   Central   Park   West,    New 

York,  N.Y. 
H.  Stone,  281  Wadsworth  Ave.,  New  York,  N.Y. 
S.  Storch,  165  E.  Mo.shohi  P'kway,  Bronx,  N.Y. 

E.  Tamary,  1641  Clay  Ave..  Bronx,  N.Y. 

S.  Weinstein,  2115  Washington  Ave.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 
S.  Weintraub,  3932  Poplar  St.,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 
M.  Weisenberg,  4  Rice  Lane  Worcester,  Mass. 
T.  Weitz,  1411  Franklin  Ave.,  Bronx.  N.Y. 

D.  Winter,  2915  Mermaid  Ave..  B'klyn,  N.Y. 
J.  Witkin,  8714— 24th  Ave.,  B'khm,  N.Y. 

B.  Zauderer,  587  Fox  St.,  Bronx,  N.Y. 


"Look  Whofs  Happening 

Goess    What? 

T.A.'s    Eddie    Fishe 

Elchanite  Editors  At  Work 

Resembles  A   Prison   But  Only  A  D 


,       A-.^a   A  Discussion 
Leading   ^ 

Cheer  Up  Eddi, 

Senior  LJear  (^cont'ci^ 

The  final  term  brought  with  it  a  new  subject.  Eco- 
nomics. The  Seniors  were  soon  absorbed  in  the  ad- 
ventures of  the  "bulls"  and  "bears,"  who  were  con- 
stantly selling  short  or  buying  long,  thus  confusing 
the  "lambs."  This  subject  was  taught  by  Mr.  Breinan 
and  Doc  Shapiro. 

Mr.  Breinan  constantly  admonished  his  class  with, 
"Here,  here,  this  can't  go  on."  The  class  unmediately 
turned  its  attention  towards  the  foibles  of  the  Repub- 
lican Party.  Mr.  Breinan  soon  discovered  that  very 
few  of  his  students  had  an  understanding  of  the 
course  and  rewarded  the  more  distinguished  students 
with  dots. 

Across  the  hall  in  Doc's  class,  the  pace  was  con- 
siderably livelier.  The  course  of  economics  was  bright- 
ened by  witty  remarks  coming  from  Sim  Storch, 
Sheldon  Weinstein,  and  Sonny  Meiselman.  Doc  made 
a  vain  effort  to  answer  the  query  of  the  class,  "What 
is  the  marginal  utility  of  our  feminine  friends?"  Doc, 
also,  spent  most  of  the  time  receiving  the  sympathy 
of  the  class  for  his  numerous  ill-fated  attempts  in 
mastering  the  business  world. 

While  Danny  Frucher  did  his  utmost  to  prevent 
Doc  from  giving  an  e.xam,  the  fateful  day  finally 
came.  After  the  smoke  cleared,  Sim  Storch  had  lost 
his  title  as  Doc's  favorite  student. 

The  administiation  once  again  gained  prominence 
in  the  lives  of  the  Seniors.  "General"  Mark  Clark 
spent  the  entire  morning  chasing  tioiant  T.I.  boys.  He 
kept  meticulous  records,  locked  in  strong  boxes, 
which  were  used  to  keep  rebellious  pupils  in  line. 

The  high  school  administration  aroused  the  ire  of 
the  Senior  class  by  establishing  a  study  hall  for  Sen- 
iors. Spring  aiTived.  The  Seniors  waited  for  three 
years  to  enjoy  the  benefits  of  a  free  period. 

The    sun    shone   brightlv.    The   noise    of   the    cit\' 

seemed  muffled  by  the  warm  spring  day.  The  laughter 
of  small  children  floated  like  soft  music  on  the  lazy, 
humid  breeze.  Young  mothers,  pushing  baby  car- 
riages, turned  their-  faces  toward  the  warm  sun. 
Meanwhile,  on  the  third  floor  of  a  huge  building  high 
above  the  Harlem,  the  Senior  class  of  Talmudical 
Academy  trudged  hopelessly  into  a  dark,  dismal  room 
used  as  a  study  hall. 

The  Senior  Council  immediately  rushed  to  the  aid 
of  the  class.  The  matter  was  discussed  with  the  ad- 
ministration, and  after  much  deliberation,  the  Sen- 
ior Study  Hall  was  abolished. 

This  episode  was  soon  forgotten  as  the  Senior  class 
busily  prepared  itself  for  State  Scholarship  and  Col- 
lege Board  exams.  Seniors  could  be  heard  saying  to 
each  other,  "Please  hasten,  for  if  you  procrastinate 
now  you  will  vegetate  in  summer  school  while  I  rusti- 
cate in  the  mountains." 

The  other  would  reply,  "Balderdash!" 

The  long  hours  of  study  proved  rewarding  as  the 
Seniors  were  accepted  to  many  fine  colleges.  Jay 
Braverman,  Seymour  Jotkowitz,  Bernard  Kosowsky, 
Charles  Patt,  Rubin  Rechtschaffen,  Leonard  Shapiro, 
and  Herman  Stone  were  recipients  of  State  Scholar- 
ship awards. 

The  final  term  neared  its  completion.  The  Elcha- 
nite  editors  diligently  put  the  finishing  touches  to 
the  yearbook.  They  waited  expectantly  for  the  pub- 
lication of  the  book.  Mr.  Leibel  prepared  his  classes 
for  the  English  Regents  by  illustrating  how  a  fur- 
bearing  trout  should  be  written  in  the  Harvard  Out- 
hne  form.  Mr.  Wollman  apologized  for  his  supposed 
strict  marking  of  the  Regents. 

Everyone  studied  diligently  for  the  Regents,  the 
last  obstacle  before  graduation. 

7  have  shown  you  these  hoys  in  the  classroom.  Note  I  would  like  to 
show  you  how  these  youths  have  acted  in  developing  the  extra- 
curricular life  of  their  school.  Through  these  activities  they  have 
learned  .spoii.iman.'ihip  and  co-operation. 



Student  CoLincil  CXctivi 

ties  — 


The  students  sIowK-  filter  into  the  smoke-filled 
classroom  and  reluctantly  take  thsir  seats.  There 
is  a  steady  murmur  that  echoes  in  the  half  empty 
room.  One  of  the  students  enters  and  takes  the 
seat  at  the  front  of  the  room.  The  conversation 
continues.  Mr.  Lichtenberg  enters.  The  presi- 
dent clamors  for  order;  the  time  is  noted  and  the 
meeting  of  the  Student  Organization  of  Talmud- 
ical  Academy  is  opened. 

The  opening  of  the  meeting  causes  a  strange 
transformation.  The  expression  of  disinterest  and 
abandonment  on  the  faces  of  the  twenty  Student 
Council  members  suddenly  turns  to  one  of  con- 
centration and  expectation.  The  otherwise  meek 
and  well  disciplined  student  of  T.A.  instantly 
changes  into  a  staunch  parliamentarian  defend- 
ing  the   rights   of   his   fellows.    He   is   a   boiling 

Student  Council  has  constantly  tried  to  aid  the 
students.  Such  programs  as  the  test-a-day  plan 
originated  in  the  Student  Council.  There  were 
many  times,  however,  that  the  CO.  failed  in  its 
attempts  to  secure  benefits  for  the  students.  One 
such  time  was  during  the  fall  of  '51.  To  the 
dismay  of  the  students,  the  administration  had 
decided  to  end  the  practice  of  exempting  stu- 
dents with  high  teiTn  averages  from  the  final 
examinations.  The  Student  Council  committee 
that  discussed  this  reached  no  conclusion  with 
the  administration  and  an  open  G.O.  meeting 
was  held.  The  classroom  that  normally  seated 
thirt\'  pupils  was  packed  with  over  one  hundred 
students  vehemently  shouting  their  protests. 
Every  so  often  a  wild  scream  was  heard  over 
the  others.  "Mass  Cut!"  shouted  these  enraged 

Candidates  for  School  Offices  Waiting  and  Delivering  Campaign  Speeche 

cauldron  of  criticism.  In  the  corner  of  the  room 
sit  the  little  political  groups  plotting  their  respec- 
tive strategies.  A  motion  to  adjourn  immediately 
is  entertained  and  is  debated  conscientiously.  As 
the  debate,  and  the  tempers  and  voices  of  the 
Student  Council  members  rise  to  a  crescendo,  a 
vote  is  called  for.  The  motion  is  defeated  and 
the  meeting  continues. 

To  the  students  of  Talmudical  Academy  who 
attend  school  from  nine  o'clock  in  the  morning 
to  six  o'clock  in  the  evening,  the  Student  Coun- 
cil has  a  two-fold  purpose.  Besides  being  the 
students'  elected  governing  body,  the  Student 
Council  is  an  essential  part  of  the  extra-curricular 
activities  of  the  school.  During  the  last  four 
years,  in  addition  to  giving  potential  parliamen- 
tarians the  chance  to  display  their  talents,  the 

students.  The  crowd  was  quieted  and  the  school 
orators  expounded  their  views  on  the  situation. 
The  more  di-amatic  were  applauded,  whistled 
at,  and  encouraged  by  the  crowd.  While  the 
students  thi'eatened  a  mass  cut,  the  administra- 
tion threatened  expulsion  of  the  cutters.  The  in- 
cident was  slowly  forgotten  and  so  were 

Although  the  Student  Council  had  a  few 
failures  in  the  past  four  years,  it  has  also  had 
many  successes.  Such  projects  as  a  Student  Court, 
Service  Squad,  T.A.  sweatshirts,  and  a  printed 
newspaper  were  innovated.  The  Student  Organi- 
zation both  aided  in  the  building  of  its  members' 
characters  and  alleviated  the  burden  of  the 
student  body. 

A  dark  cloud  of  smoke  clings  to  the  ceiling  of 


QJall  Q>tudent  y^ouncil . . . 


Leonard    Shapir 

Ernest   Tamary 

Ray   Weinberg 

the  room.  All  the  Student  Council  members 
stare  at  Mr.  Lichtenberg,  who  is  giving  the 
Council  his  opinion  on  various  subjects.  He  is 
suddenly  interrupted  by  a  shout  adjourning  the 
meeting  because  of  the  one  hour  time  limit.  The 
Council  members  rise  and  mosey  slowly  out  of 
the  room.  The  president  gathers  his  papers,  dons 
his  coat,  closes  the  light,  and  walks  quietly  out 
of  the  now  empty  room. 

The  Student  Organization  of  the  fall  term  of 
1954  saw  the  innovation  of  many  new  steps  to 

aid  the  students.  The  achievement  that  ranks 
highest  on  this  list  is  the  establishment  of  a  Serv- 
ice Squad  and  a  Student  Court.  The  council  also 
laid  the  foundation  for  an  Audio-Visual  Com- 
mittee, and  under  the  auspices  of  the  CO., 
basketball  rallies  were  held.  A  suggestion  box 
and  water  cooler  were  also  secured  for  the 
second  floor.  The  Executive  Council  and  the 
Student  Council  established  successful  club  pe- 
riods and  assembhes.  The  fall  term  CO.  accom- 
plished a  great  deal  for  the  students  of  T.A. 


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Spring  (Student  i^ouncil . . . 



Edward    Berge 


Dave     Olin 

Under  the  guidance  of  Edward  Berger,  the 
Student  Council  had  a  successful  Spring  term. 

The  suggestion  for  a  Student  Court  was  pro- 
posed at  a  CO.  meeting  and  a  school  referen- 
dum was  held  concerning  it  and  the  Service 

The  school  voted  to  have  both  a  Student 
Court  and  Service  Squad.  The  Executive  Council 
immediately  drew  up  plans  to  initiate  a  Student 
Court  and  to  reorganize  the  Service  Squad. 
These  plans  will  be  the  foundation  from  which 
the  CO.  will  operate  next  year. 

Due  to  the  work  of  Secretar\'  Weinberg  and 
Leonard  Stern,  T.  A.  students  finally  received 
sweat  shirts. 

Working  together  with  B.T.A.  and  Central 
the  president  helped  establish  an  intra-T.  A. 
newspaper  which  will  serve  to  bring  on  closer 
ties  between  the  three  schools.  Another  innova- 
tion was  the  organization  of  a  school  baseball 
team  which  was  fully  equipped  by  the  CO. 

Finally,  a  troph\'  case  \\-as  pro\-ided  for  the 
manv  trophies  T.  A.  has  won,  and  it  was  placed 
in  RIETS  Hall. 


Left  fo  right,  fnsf  row. 
stein,  Nadler,  Ge 

shon;  third  < 

z.  Olim,  E.  Berger,  Weinberg,  Moses; 
Rothmon,  Blassberg,  Lieber,  Feinarma 

isenthal,    Goldberg,    Blidstein,   Greer, 
Goldblum,    Kreeger,    Rifkind,    Nobel. 


Student   C^oiincil  Committees   and  L^hcurmen  . 


Left  to 


v:  Fisher,  Weinberg,  Shapiro,  Tamary, 
Moses;  second  row.  Segal,  Brunswick,  Sheinfeld,  Augen- 
braun,  Rechtschaffen,  Olim,  Zauderer,  Rothkoff,  Weisenberg. 

Left    to    right:    Tamary,    Mosi 


During  the  fall  term  of  1953,  three  Student 
Council  committees  stood  out  above  all  the 
other  committees.  These  were  the  Appropria- 
tions, Awards,  and  Reduction  Committees.  Each 
was  led  by  a  member  of  the  Executive  Council 
of  the  General  Organization. 

The  Appropriations  Committee,  led  by 
treasurer  Ernest  Tamary,  met  regularly  to  de- 
termine what  financial  assistance  should  be 
given  to  various  school  functions.  The  Appro- 

priations Committee  helped  to  keep  the  school 
treasury  on  a  sound  basis.  The  Awards  Commit- 
tee led  by  Vice-President  Leonard  Shapiro  en- 
deavored to  produce  a  fair  and  just  awards 
system  to  facilitate  the  giving  of  awards  to 
students  who  had  performed  many  school 
services.  The  Reductions  Committee,  led  by 
secretary  Ray  Weinberg,  got  together  a  wonder- 
ful series  of  reductions  for  the  G.O.  members 
of  the  school. 



Left    to    right. 

first    row:    Moses,    Seigal,    Jo 

tkowitz,    Olim, 

Weisenberg,   Si 

mon,    Greer;   second   row:    Brui 

iswick,    Kadish, 

Gortler,    Pragei 

r,    Sheinfeld,    Gershon,    Friedr 

nan,     Lehrman; 

tliird    row:    Schr 

nulowitz,    Lieber,   Gerstein,    Ro; 

;enthal,   Moses; 

fourth     rov, 

':    Pine,    Noble,    Augenbraum, 


left  to   right:   Greer,   Weinberg,   Olii 


and  the  Service  Squad. 

A  strong  arm  reached  out  and  grabbed  a 
howling  Freshman  by  the  throat.  Instantly,  the 
familiar  blue  pad  was  snatched  from  a  pocket 
and  the  violator's  name  was  recorded.  Peace  and 
tranquillity  again  reigned  in  the  halls  of  Talmudi- 
cal  Academy.  The  Service  Squad,  proudly  dis- 
playing arm  bands,  became  a  fixture  in  the 
congested  areas  of  the  building. 

Led  by  Norman  Palefski,  the  Service  Squad 
attempted  to  add  an  air  of  dignity  to  the  school. 

The  conditions  leading  to  its  formation  were 
characterized  by  extremely  poor  regard  for 
school  property.  Classroom  walls  bore  the  marks 
of  energetic  students  attempting  to  release  their 
emotions.  Light  bulbs  were  smashed  in  the 
locker  room  and  the  rooms  and  halls  were  littered 
with  refuse. 

Although  criticized  at  the  outset,  they  were 
soon  appreciated  by  even  the  most  rebellious 
Juniors.  The  Service  Squad  proved  to  the  lower 
classmen  that  they  were  completely  impartial 
by  attempting  to  discipline  the  behavior  of  the 
teachers  in  the  hall. 

After  a  slightly  confused  beginning,  a  rigid 
system  was  instituted  by  the  captain.  Lieuten- 
ants were  appointed.  An  attempt  was  made  by 
some  of  the  more  ambitious  lieutenants  to  com- 
pel non-commissioned  members  to  salute  their 

superiors.  This  motion  was  defeated  by  the  more 
democratic  element  of  the  squad.  A  bounty 
was  posted  for  those  members  with  the  largest 
number  of  names  in  their  blue  pads.  The  incen- 
tive increased  the  efficiency  of  the  squad. 

This  organization  proved  a  valuable  and 
necessary  group.  The  decorum  which  befitted 
Talmudical  Academy  was  finally  achieved  and 
the  burden  of  discipline  was  placed  upon  the 

Added     Prolecti( 

Leii  io  right,  first   row:   Kosowsky,   Weisenberg,   Palefski,   Rosedeitcher,   Berger;   second   row:    F 
berger,  Bernstein,   Pollack,   RectschafFen,   Seligman,   Rockmon,   Holberstadt,    Kirshbloom;   third 
Jotkowrtz,   Frucher,  Weinstein,    Storch,  Meiselman,   Rosen,   Gross. 

School  C7  unctions  — 


To  THE  students  of  Talmudical  Academy, 
the  name,  "Arista,"  signifies  a  goal  to 
which  all  aspire. 

The  members  of  Arista  gain  membership 
through  outstanding  scholarship,  excellent  serv- 
ice to  the  school,  and  strength  of  character. 
They  are  selected  by  the  Arista  Society,  which 
forms  the  Assembly,  the  Senate,  which  consists 
of  the  faculty  led  by  Mr.  Emanuel  Leibel,  and 
the  administration.  Because  of  the  rigid  stand- 
ards of  this  honor  society,  the  members  of  Arista 
are  respected  by  students  and  teachers. 

The  primary  function  of  Arista  is  to  aid  the 
student  body  both  in  their  studies  and  other 
school  problems. 

In  May,  1953,  four  members  of  the  present 
graduating  class,  Elliot  Gross,  Norman  Palefski, 
Joel  Kaplan,  and  Edward  Berger  were  inducted 
into  the  Arista  Society. 

During  the  seventh  term,  at  an  impressive 
assembly,  Dave  Olim,  Eric  Lustig,  Reubin  Recht- 
schaffen,  and  the  four  previous  inducted  mem- 
bers were  officially  inducted  into  Arista,  receiv- 
ing their  certificates  and  pins. 

The  following  teiTn,  the  Arista  inducted  Sen- 
iors Jay  Braverman,  Bernard  Kosowsky,  Sidney 
Rosdeitcher,  and  Melvin  Simon.  Reuben  Recht- 
schaflen  was  elected  President  of  Arista  and  the 
society  continued  its  efforts  in  behalf  of  the 
welfare  of  the  students. 

Leff  to   righf,  first   row:    Palefski,   Gross,    RectschofFen,    Berger,    Kaplan;    second 
Lustig,  Simon,  Kosowsky,  Olim,  Bravermon. 


Senior  L^oiincil. 

In  June,  1953,  an  excited  Junior  class  gathered 
in  the  auditorium  to  elect  a  Senior  Council.  The 
boys  felt  that  they  had  at  last  reached  the  peak 
of  their  school  careers  and  would  now  choose 
the  body  that  would  be  the  inspiration  of  their 
Senior  escapades. 

The  Senior  Council  is  the  official  organ  of 
the  Senior  class.  This  group  of  seven  elected 
representatives    of    the    Senior    class    discusses 

Senior  activities  in  room  212.  At  the  beginning 
of  the  seventh  term,  Monte  Nussbaum  and  Mat 
Weisenberg  were  appointed  by  the  council  to 
gather  information  about  Senior  rings  and  hats. 
Monte's  comprehensive  lectures  on  Senior  rings 
enlightened  the  entiie  council  and  it  was  his 
hard  work  that  led  to  the  final  purchase  of  these 
rings.  Norman  Palefski  took  a  great  interest  in 
these  problems,  as  was  evinced  by  his  profound 
remarks  about  the  flocking  process  in  the  manu- 
facture of  hats  and  questions  about  the  "bezel" 
involved  in  the  Senior  Ring. 

After  meeting  as  much  as  twice  a  week,  the 
Senior  Council  finally  arrived  at  a  decision  con- 
cerning Senior  rings.  They  planned  for  such 
Senior  functions  as  Senior  Day  —  a  well  con- 
ducted graduation,  and  various  social  events. 

The  Senior  Council,  under  the  capable  leader- 
ship of  Pres.  Joel  Kaplan,  accomplished  much 
for  the  Seniors  and  the  school. 

Senior  Council  in  Action 

Left  to   right,  first  row:   Gross,   Neussboum,   Kaplan,   Weisenberg,    Brave 
Palefski,   Rosdeitcher. 


Jjormitoiy  Council .  . . 

It  all  started  with  an  innocent  editorial  writ- 
ten for  The  Academy  News  lambasting  the 
management  of  the  dorm.  Eric  Lustig  was  ex- 
tended an  invitation  to  meet  with  Mr.  Abrams 
about  a  Senior  matter.  For  his  support,  he  took 
with  him  his  fellow  conspirator  and  public  agi- 
tator, Sidney  Brichto.  Mr.  Abrams  proceeded  to 
deliver  an  edifying  lecture  on  the  Psychology 
of  Propaganda  in  Journalism.  He  dismissed  the 
enlightened  boys  with,  "But  don't  you  dare  print 

Meeting  of  Do 

it."  Those  two  enterprising  lads  decided  that 
they  would  press  the  matter  of  dormitory  re- 
form with  the  dormitory  supervisor.  Rabbi  M.  S. 
Feldblum.  Much  to  their  surprise  they  found 
the  Rabbi  very  docile. 

Things  began  to  fly!  No  compulsory  Minyan 
attendance,  lights  for  Seniors,  Freedom  and 
Democracy.  This  came  to  the  dorm.  Students 
breathed  in  the  freedom  and  exulted  in  it. 

In  order  to  relieve  the  administration  of  the 
management  of  the  dorm,  the  dormitory  stu- 
dents kindly  acquiesced  to  take  over  its  govern- 
ment. Quickly,  they  held  elections  and  in 
recognition  of  his  successful  agitation  and  or- 
ganization, they  elected  Sidney  Brichto  presi- 
dent. Each  class  elected  two  representatives  to 
the  Dorm  Council  and  awaited  results.  The 
Dorm  Council  did  not  disappoint  them.  They 
immediately  drew  up  a  constitution  so  that  the 
freedom  that  they  had  gained  would  be  eter- 
nally established.  The  Dormitoi-y  Council  also 
decided  that  the  students,  having  some  need  for 
recreation,  should  be  allowed  to  play  pingpong. 

For  the  benefit  of  those  dormers  who  could 
not  afford  to  go  to  the  movies  more  than  twice 
a  week,  a  loan  fund  was  established  so  that 
theii"  education  in  this  field  would  not  be  im- 
paired. Such  excellent  work  done  by  the  Dormi- 
tory Council  was  praised  by  all  the  domiitory 
students  who  now  consider  the  domi  as  their 
pleasant  second  home. 

Left  to   right,  first 

ebel,  Brichto,   Kadish,  Simon;  second 
Levine,    Salzberg. 


JLibraru  and  the  y:yrchestra. 

Doctor  Shapiro's  select  group  sits  in  the  study 
hall  lounging  on  the  chairs  and  tables,  languidly 
enjoying  magazines  and  comic  books.  The  door 
at  the  front  of  the  library  slowly  opens,  and  in 
strolls  "Doc"  with  his  two  right  hand  men, 
"Bugsy"  Siegel  and  "Wild  Wooly"  Winter. 
"Mister,  fix  those  shelves,"  yells  Doc. 

The  alert  librarians  slowly  rise  and  move 
lethargically  to  the  shelves.  By  this  time  "Bug- 
sy" is  busily  giving  orders  and  supervising  the 
rearrangement  of  the  shelves,  while  "Doc"  and 
Dave  Winter  look  on  with  naches. 

The  Talmudical  Academy  Library,  as  organ- 
ized and  managed  by  Doctor  Shapiro,  is  a  con- 
stant aid  and  source  of  esthetic  enjoyment  to 
its  patrons.  The  library  also  serves  as  a  study  hall. 
It  is  for  this  purpose  that  every  student  in  the 
school  enters  this  room.  When  the  students 
reach  their  Senior  year,  they  are  no  longer  re- 
quired to  attend  the  study  hall.  Many  of  them 
do  remain,  however,  as  librarians.  The  reasons 
for  this  deep  attachment  to  the  library  are  many. 
They  vary  from  such  selfish  purposes  as  a  free 
dinner  to  which  all  the  members  of  Doc's  elite 
are  entitled,  to  the  simple  desire  to  remain  with 
Doctor  Shapiro. 

The  library,  besides  being  the  study  hall  and 
school  library,  serves  as  a  hall  of  recreation  for 
all  the  students  of  T.A. 

The  Yeshiva  University  Ensemble  is  composed 
primarily  of  T.A.  students.  Under  the  energetic 
leadership  of  Arthur  Schiff,  the  ensemble,  since 
its  inception  two  years  ago,  has  made  great 
strides.  With  si.\  violins,  two  clarinets,  two  saxo- 
phones, a  trumpet  and  a  drum,  it  has  become 
a    highly    accomplished    musical    organization. 

The  musicians  displayed  their  talents  at  the 
Dean's  Reception,  T.L  assemblies,  and  other 
Yeshiva  functions. 

Although  perfecting  an  ensemble's  perform- 
ance of  any  musical  piece  requires  much  work, 
practices  have  always  been  highlighted  by  much 

A  passer-by  happening  to  peer  into  Riets'  Hall 
during  a  rehearsal  is  led  to  believe  that  a  revival 
meeting  is  going  on.  Mr.  Schiff  can  be  seen 
wildly  gesticulating  and  uttering  incantations 
in  an  unknown  language.  His  followers  obey 
their  maestro's  lead.  Sol  Weintraub  jumps  up 
and  down,  frantically  playing  the  violin.  Bert 
beats  the  drums  as  the  trumpet  blasts  away. 

After  two  hours  of  such  art,  the  faces  of  the 
members  show  signs  of  fatigue.  The  music  dies 
away,  and  the  only  sound  is  that  of  closing  in- 
strument cases  and  shuffling  feet.  The  orchestra 
is  now  well  prepared  to  demonstrate  its  talents 
at   school  functions. 

Left    to    right,    first    row:    Levitz,    Siegel,     Dr.    Shapiro,     Berger,     Bick;     Lett  to  right,  first 
second   row:    Schwartz,    Pereiro,    Sltlor,    Levine,    Lieber,    Singer,    Proger,  row.- 


w:  Augenbroum,  Weintraub,   Lessin,  Segal;  second 
rger.     Muss,     Bell,     Rothmon,     Rifkind. 



School  Lruhucations 

cJhe  Ctcadefny  i  Lews 

THE  Academy  News  represents  T.A.'s 
highest  attainment  in  the  field  of  journal- 
ism. From  a  modest  beginning  as  a  mime- 
ographed sheet,  it  has  evolved  into  a  printed 
newspaper  of  the  highest  journalistic  standards. 
The  Academy  News  has  always  been  the 
spokesman  of  the  student  body  and  editors  have 
always  remained  steadfast  in  their  convictions. 
Their  editorials  have  oft  led  to  the  betterment 
of  student  life. 

Much  of  the  development  of  The  Academy 
News  is  due  to  the  efforts  of  members  of  the 
present  Senior  class.  As  early  as  their  Sophomore 
year,  Norman  Palefski  and  Joel  Kaplan  received 
responsible  positions  on  the  governing  board  of 
The  Academy  News.  The  next  year,  for  the  first 
time,  the  editor  of  The  Academy  News  was  a 
Junior.  Joel  Kaplan  showed  his  journalistic  talent 
by  producing  one  of  the  most  enlightening  news- 

papers in  its  history.  One  of  his  editorials  caused 
much  controversy  not  only  in  T.A.  but  through- 
out the  entire  university.  Norman  Palefski,  at  the 
same  time,  brightened  the  newspaper  as  feature 
editor.  Eric  Lustig  and  Israel  Perlmutter  began 
their  ascent  to  their  present  positions,  being  at 
that  time  news  editor  and  copy  editor,  respec- 

With  the  arrival  of  the  Senior  year,  Eric  Lus- 
tig took  over  the  reins  of  The  Academy  News, 
and  followed  in  the  tradition  of  the  high 
journalistic  standards  established  by  previous 

Beneath  the  conservative  and  austere  exterior 
of  its  black  print,  there  lies  the  irrepressible  en- 
thusiasm of  youth.  Its  deadline  nights,  galley 
proofs,  and  fear  of  censorship  were  the  source 
of  much  pleasure  to  its  staff.  Working  on  The 
Academy  News  was  always  fun.  .  .  . 

Lell  to  rig/it,  first  row:  Podelsky,  Fronkel,  Olim,  Levin,  Lustig,  Perim 
row:  Pine,  Winter,  Broverman,  Schmulowitz,  Sachs,  Gittleman,  Ge 
Palefski,  Meiselman,  Weinstein,  Kodish,  Helfgott;  third  row:  Dotteikr 
Saffra,   Lessen,   Matkowsky,   Flagler,   Scheinfeld,    Ruttner,    Heller,,    Liebn 

Rothkoff,  Brichto,  Shapiro,  Weintraub;  second 
,  Kaplan,  Gerstein,  Silverberg,  Augenbraun, 
Nobel,  Sklar,  Bonchek  Segal,  Berlinger  E.  Berger, 
Greer;    fourth    row:    Becker,    Goldsmith,    Frucher, 

Weingarten,  Nussbaum,  V/itkin,  Felsen. 





®hc  licadcmu  Icius 

Official  Student  Publication  of  Talmudical  Acadeniv 


Eric  Lustig  Picks 
I^etvspaper  Staff 

T.  A.  Ends  League 
Play  Without  Loss 

stantially  to  their  undefeated  4-0 
record.  T.A.  blasted  its  way 
through  the  Jewish  High  School 
League,  breaking  almost  every 
existing  League  record.  The  sea- 
came  to  an  end  last  Tuesday, 
but  not  before  the  "Big  Five- 
burned  up  the  league  with  a  sen- 
sational 10-0  record  and  set  U 
new  records  in  the  process. 

Inter-T.  A.  Council 
Meets  First  Time 
To  Discuss   Plans 

^'^^^"'  """^  '"  Po'^nl  in  1922,      after  th.  .=:..„„h  ,„„.,.  ., 

One  of  the  most  interesting 
members  of  T.A.'s  faculty  is  Dr 
Brayer,  currently  head  of  our 
Hebrew     Department.      Dr.     M 

Students  Speak 

I By   Leonard  Shapiro  — 

QUESTION:  Do  you  think  an  honor 

system   should   be   iiistituted 

in  Tahnudical  Academy  f 

Sidney    Brichto    Gth    term :     I 

think  such  a  system  can  not  be 

effective    because    if    an    honor 

system    is  to   exist,   the  students 

must    tiust    their    teachers    and 

have    respect    for    them.      Many 

students    dislike    and    resent   the 

actions   of    their   teachers.    They 

feel    that    they    are    unfair    and, 

therefore,     will     not     have     any 

qualms      of      conscience      about 

cheating    during     exams.      Only 

when  there  will  be  mutual  trust 

between      teacher     and      student 

'  can   such    a   system    be   effective. 

Brayer,  bom  in  Poland 
has  received,  more  than  six  ae- 
grees  from  four  dilTerent  univer- 
sities throughout  the  world  In- 
cluded in  these  are  Smicha  from 
the  Yeshiva  of  Kishenev,  B.A. 
from  the  University  of  lassy,  M. 
A.  and  M.H.L.  and  DHL.  from 
Yeshiva  University. 

The  study  of  Semitic  languages 
is  Dr.  Brayer's  specialization. 
However,  he  has  also  studied 
French.  German,  Yiddish,  He- 
brew. English,  and  Rumanian. 
Many  of  his  poems  have  appeared 
in  peiiodicals.  At  present  he  is 
engaged  in  research  into  the  ap- 
plication of  clinical  psychology  to 
Hebrew  Schools. 

A  member  of  the  Zionist  Un- 
derground in  Rumania  during  and 

after  the  Second  World  War 
main  job  was  to  prevent  Jewish 
children  from  being  Indoctrinated 
into  Communist  Youth  Organiza- 
tions. It  is  hard  to  imagine  the 
great  energy  invested  by  him 
and  his  associates  of  the  under-' 
ground  in  helping  these  children, 
break  through  the  Iron  Curtain 
and  tear  through  the  White  Pa- 
per into  Israel.  Dr,  Brayer's  rec- 
ords  disclosed  accounts  of  his 
helping  at  least  480  of  his  own 
students  These  boys  and  girls 
as  well  as  adults,  who  were  train- 
ed by  Dr,  Brayer.  became  mem- 
bers of  the  Hagana  immediately 
upon  entering  Israel. 

Dr.  Brayer.  while  speaking  of 

his  past  life,  recalled  one  partic- 

iContititied  on  page  4J. 

T.  A.  Whips  B.T.  A.  at  Garden 
Huge  Crowd  Cheers  Contest 

On^undav  afternoon,  March  21,  Uptown  T  A  entered  Madison 
Squa°e  Garden  to  battle  Bi-ooklyn  T.A.  for  the  M='"P'^'^-^;;;'J^' 
I^igh    school    League    c-inpionship^  ^J^^f^  ^--^Irl^^eTn 

:hrGa';dfn"  havinrP^"  ed'hTe  1^  ;e::  Ir  L  m!i.H.SX.  cham 
the  Garden  naviiiE  i     j  ^^^^^   present, 

pionship,    which   Uptown   won.     rnere    wa=    ^         t, 
owing  also  to  the  professional  game  which  followed^ 

M  T  A   took  the  opening  tap  and  from  there  on  in,  it  was  M.T.A^ 

,,_^rill_— cfski  immediatWy  sank  two  fouls,   giving 

'  T     l-o  Uptown    the    lead,    which    they 

TA     Seniors   1  O,*^*^  never   lost.     Further   scoring   by 

•  ^'  ,  .        -p^^m       >)      ^letski,   Sheldon  Weinstein  and 


New  Members  Join  Arista, 
Principal  Administers  Oath 

At  an  assembly  held  on  Monday,  January  4th,  seven  seniors 
were  inducted  into  the  T.A.  chapter  of  the  Arista  League  The 
inductees  were  Edward  Berger,  Elly  Gross,  Joel  Kaplan.  Eric  Lus- 
tig. Dave  Glim.  Norman  Palefski.  and  Ruben  Rechtshaffen  After 
reading  the  preamble  to  the  constitution  of  the  Arista  League  Dr 
Saphire  administered  the  oath  of  induction  and  gaye  each  one  an 
Arista  certificate  and  pin.  He  then  addressed  the  assemblv  on  thp 
purftose  and  ideals  of  the  Arista  League. 

Newspaper  Staff  Resigns 
After  Ban  Of  News  Items 

^  .   -,     -_, D„„,-,^,.  f,f  The  Academy  News, 


students  from^     ^^/if 

■  Upt 

„ro.,D  of  stuaei.i= f,         '■^fl^         the  end    of  the    first 

A  large  Er°"P          j.„tral  ^<=*^eti    ^G^'    »,  "horn.      Wholberg. 

Z  on  Monday,  March  1st.  ^-^*^^^o.  ^  ^,  ^^^  .^^^ 
examinations    ar'^g^^j^^^^^     o^      A,^    *  ,„ 

'™^  ^"fc  tSns  and  residents 

American   citize  ^„ 

of  New  York  State.     ^ 

at   stake  are 

distributed   to  t^-.,,,..^^.^        J.-      t5>—  ^.^^     p,^^„ 

a  period  ■     G*'^,^  ^.^^ '""^V^X^  **      g,    Wemick,    and    Hirsh 
The    exa         '^V^f  oO^*',^,  <,e^=^  doing    the     scoring.     E.T.A. 

="''"'"T^\sct>^'i<^<o<^'^e^^^butscored     Uptown      lS-9.     with 

ence,    mathemaacs. 
and    literature. 

'^cj,^  ^scored  B.T.A. 
ly  "■'if,  P  "'"^  a  balf- 
'  Jj^  °^'^Oij  points,  37-11. 
Ei,^*.«'-.uarter  tap  was 
^  '*/?  by  Uptown,  but 
showed    a    great    change 

The   Governing   and   Managing   Boards   of  The   Academy  News, 
H  the,^  resiiniation  from  positions  on  the  student  pubhca-. 
rnTTake  e«ect  LTedLtely  following  the  distribution  of  volume 

---E^r  r;ir<=t^.'=  -rr^r^t^: 

nounce^ent  ^mg^Tt  has  been  our  piirpc^to  dolour ^b^^.n 

informing   the    stud^Bi^  ,t  has  been  seen  fit  by  the  Faculty 

A*""""  '..^     the     '""^.jt    Advisor,  Mr.  Leibel  to  limit  the 

'lod    f^x'™'    °f    "™='    '"='"^'    "'' 

that    our    existence    has    become 

Vv-aS  meaningless. 

,1400    F"'  ,<5*'^   »t^4\,V,    show.-d    a    great    chai 

•■  ,<>^*  ,-i^*  e*'^''^%.o  ,v^ctheir  laekadasical  play 
.♦<y  ,.„v*^  AS  ^'^  »°^*  I '>-°  t--st  half.  With  Did 
"1^  f-"' .'»°*V°-^.t».^\,   **     ■.     Wemick.    and    Hi, 

!•»'',    I   team   h»"    -     I 

""p'ldvou  kno« 

™fff  ■;;'■'■'  i^r.  Breinan 
""  "'"'''  '  '  <l'Scover  th 

^"ng  made 

just  cracked  a 
cause.    Result 

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' By   David   SmH.i J 

ll    is    rumored    ihul    «e    may    ph,    i„    .Madi,„„    c„„.„   f..    ._ 

leading    46-29. 

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T.  A.  Takes  Opener  in  Gym;  Doron  Calls  For  A  Cultural 
Crowd  Sees  Bedford  P.  Lose  American -Israel  Exchange 

lol   Scliiinfilil 

By  tsrael  Perlmutler 

With    a   52  45   victory   over   Bedford   Park   on    November    17tn,         In  a  recent  interview  with  the 

the    Talmuds    opened    the    season    before    a    packed    house    in    the  Academy     News,      Mr.      Eliezer 

tne    iaimuu:.    op  Doron,   Consul  of  Israel   in  New 

'*°The^orening  basket  was  scored  by  Bedford  Park,  but  the  Tal-  York     expressed    his    belief   that 

ine  opcMMiB  ^^^^^    quickly    came    back    with  the  best   method   to  achieve  un- 

Norman  Paletski  7th,  scormg  on  derstanding    and    solidarity    be 
a  jump  shot.    The  scorir 

back  and  forth,  until  T.A.  „„.e,—  -    --- i— lo.oci 

forward    to    an    8-6    lead,    which  is    by    the    exchange    of    ideas     "^ynour 

linquished.    By  the  through  the  mediums  of  visits  to 

6th  Termer  Given 

solidarity    be-  """  «    Kaplan  6th   f» 

■nt    tween    American    Jewish    youth  ='PP°'nted  Editor-in  Ch    f        *"" 

■ged   and    their   counterpart   in    Israel  ^'=a<»emy     ^^^^             '«  of  the 

Of    ideas  f—^^^-^^owsJat^^r 

end  of  the  first  quarter,  the  Tal-  Israel,  correspond 
muds  were  leading  by  3  points,  newspapers  and  art 


:eting  of 


Cafeteria  Situation  Unsolved, 
u  Uo  Dav  Fails  Some  Token  Changes  Follow 

nOPO    "^        ^  J  By   Barry   Oringer 


someone  writing: 
1  blackboard  you 

1 )  If  you 
upside  dowr 
would    thinl 
mate  of  a  mental  institution,  b) 
an  English  teacher,  c)  Mr.  Leibel. 

2)  The  greatest  U.S.  president 
was     a )      Andrew    Jackson,     b ) 

Jackson,     c)      Andrew 

The  best  line  and  also  the 
Elecion  Bits:  ^^^,  ^.^gan  was  recited  by  Leon 

The  ""t  ^"-""tS  wW>e     ard  Shapiro,  v.e-pres^^ 
„ade  ''y  «°7'\f,'n„ered  by     6^nt  who   sad     Pr^s.  ^^^^ 

the  best  delivery  was  o  inaugurated  the  Mev/ 

,,ward  Bc..e,^ana^y    -s -m  ^     ^ ",,rBirDeS     but'^ce 
Mr.  Kitevits.    The   m  ^^^_^^^    the    Big    ^      '        j^   will 

=P"*  Til":  n7Gett;:hurg's     Pre-^ent   L-ard/^^P;-,  ,,, 
who  used  L.ncoms^^      -rhe- best     inaugurate  the  Goo  ^^^^  ^^^^^_^^^^_, 


3 )     One    who 
right,    but    neve_ 
Mathematics  Teach 
ics  Teachi 

s    not    always 

wrong,    is    a) 

b )  a  Phys- 

A  few  weeks  ago,  an  investi- 
gation committee  issued  a  report 
urging  that  immediate  and  de- 
cisive steps  be  taken  to  elimi- 
nate some  of  the  misfunctionings 
of  the  school  cafeteria.  It  was 
hoped  that  the  proprietors  would 
take  the  report  seriously,  and 
do  all  in  their  power  to  follow 
through  on  the  committee's  sug- 
gestions. Evidently  they  did  not. 
Instead,  some  token  changes 
were  made  in  the  preparation 
of  certain  foods,  indicating  no 
real  desire  to  fully  correct  the 

When  problems  are  as  deep- 
rooted  as  those  concerning  the 
cafeteria's  operations,  radical  ac- 
tion is  indicated  ,  Merely  skim- 
ming the  surface  of  the  issue, 
as  the  proprietors  have  done, 
will  not  solve  a  thing.  The  action 

recommended   by   the   committee  ^     ,       ,  ..     t,i„„h 

culminated    in    nothing    appreci-        The  residents  of     he  Talmud. 

■    ,„  ably  more  than  a  change  in  the    cal    Residence    Hall    have    suc- 

[ng    president,     who     nearly     J  ^^    j,,,    herring    sal-    beeded   in    electing   a   council  to 

mg  .     h^if  to  ^PP^^,^,^.^'^   ,^    ^    ^^^^  .„j    ^p^thy   act  on  their  behalf  with  the  Ad- 

and    negligence,    and    insofar    as   ministration.     The    council    con- 
?he    welfare    of    the    students    is  sists  of  two  representatives  from 
concerned,   both  these   traits  ar( 
extremely   undesirable. 

Years  ago  when  a  secular  arm  was  added  to  the  Rabbi  gjgjjgnite    EditOFS 

Isaac  Elchanan  Theological  Seminary,  it  was  hoped  that 

this  combination  would  produce  a  graduate  imbued  with  flan  HeUCr    DOOK 

the  Jewish  way  of  life  and  wh"  would  be  an  intelligent  and 

address    as    a    theine. 
Opening   line  was 

°£   3°=   ""TZTot  the  faculty, 
saying,  "Members  of  t 
j^jl^.  sliidentB.and  Dr.  sn  i 

Next  year's  Blchanite  is  ^- 
,eady  bemg  worked  upon.  Only 
53,000  IS  needed  and  it  will  be 
readv  to  go  to  press. 

,,  best     inaugurate  ""=  "  ^member 

,,^    ;t,eech     ='udents  of  T.  A_  ^^^^^^^ 

■'"'''  ^'  Tm  sfd  the  s;:^-'^  "^'-^ ": 

amubcu  afternoon, 

f.mniest  speech  of  the  ai».i.i 
l"hi      the  n.ost  dramatic  speech, 
"t  course,  was  by  Mel  Simon,  m 

coming     F" 

brightened  the  freshmen 
leath  at  one  point. 

Religious  Education 

4 )  Advanced  Algebra  is  a  re- 
view of  al  Math  1,  b)  Math  3, 
c)   Math  5. 

Council  Elected 
By  New  Dorm 

each  term  housed 
tory.  The  council  is  headed  by 
a  chairman,  who  was  selected  by 
a  separate  vote  of  the  entire 
resident  body. 

^Med  *^  ...  ,, ,„    ,u„    Mow    York    CitV 

the  school  wishes  to  continv    The  r.  a  son         ^^^i 
foremost  Yeshivas  in  the  v''^'  David  Hies'iger'^r!,.'"'  ''"^M, 

,ine  T   A      L       °   '•   'In  term 

problems  that  are  coufr'ont^,o„  or  charter"'"  '"^  *>■' 

Tiormiiory  KuiesMr.  Hiesiger  ZTT"-  ''"  "=" 
S  ColsidereCL:\-^.T-r;' 

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sembly    13  J  be  mfand  basketbaJ  J         '    "ssemblie, 

"^T^itor.    and  to  pre  ^e  used  m'm  ^tTS  "  ^'"^'^^ 
roprarrKesiaenceHathe  song  ,  the^^r-  -ch 


■  classmen. 

Talmudical  Academy  s  Chess  Team  became  the  New  York  City 
champions  after  defeating  Brooklyn  Tech  ^"1'  '"  ^  "'''*  ''^'^,  °" 
Friday  February  22,  at  the  Marshall  Chess  Club,  23  W.  10th  Stieet, 
New  York.  In  this  match,  Menaheim  Hirmes,  8th  term,  won  the 
League  Brilliancy  Prize  for  his  victory  in  a  game  which  las  ed  four 
,  houfs,  and  Abraham  Fuss,  «th  term,  won  the  prize  for  the  best  second 
board  in  the  league. 

Building  Secrets  and  History 
Revealed  by  Brave  Reporter 

By   Mcnte   Nussboum 


cJhe  CicademL/  /Lews  (conta 

Eric:  This  editorial  is  hot.  Will  it  pass  the 
L.B.I.  (Leibel  Bureau  of  Investigation)? 

Sidney:  We'll  submit  it.  What  can  we  lose? 

Izzy:  Not  much,  just  our  high  school  diplomas. 

Sidney:  Put  the  editorial  on  the  bottom  of 
the  stack.  He  never  reads  the  last  pages. 

Izzy:  He's  always  asleep  by  then. 

Eric:  It  must  go  through.  We  must  fight  for 
our  rights.  We  must  fight  for  the  freedom  of  the 
press.  We  must  fight  for 

Izzy:  Our  expulsion  from  school.  Hmmm. 

Deadline  night!  As  the  moguls  of  the  press 
conspire  to  bring  fire  and  brimstone  upon  the 
heads  of  their  administrators,  the  rest  of  the 
staff  is  busy  preparing  to  get  the  paper  ready 
for  publication.  Sol  Weintraub,  with  two  fingers, 
t>'pes  the  copies  at  the  tremendous  rate  of  five 
words  per  minute.  To  the  rhythm  of  the  type- 
writing, Jules  Levin  assiduously  counts  ever>' 
single  word.  After  counting  up  to  20,000  he 
begins  to  show  signs  of  mental  strain.  Foaming 
at  the  mouth,  he  is  escorted  out  in  a  wheel- 
barrow. The  next  sacrifice  seats  himself  in  the 
now  vacant  seat  and  begins  .  .  .  one  .  .  .  two  .  .  . 
three  .  .  .  Suddenly,  the  door  bursts  open  and 

Charles  Frankel  greets  his  colleagues  with  glad 

"I  got  two  dollars  in  ads;  the  paper  can  now 
be    published." 

Reassured  that  they  are  not  working  in  vain, 
they  bear  down  and  work  at  double  speed. 
Sol,  making  a  tremendous  effort,  is  now  typing 
seven  words  per  minute. 

In  the  interior  office  of  the  spacious  Academy 
News  Headquarters,  the  editors  have  success- 
fully concluded  their  conference.  By  a  unani- 
mous vote,  they  have  decided  to  remain  in  the 
school.  What  courage! 

The  conference  having  ended,  Eric  returns  to 
the  scene  of  action.  With  his  approach,  the 
workers  quake  and  begin  to  work  furiously  in 
fear  of  his  sharp  tongue.  The  drafts  are  finished. 
Eric  works  day  and  night.  Galley  sheets  are 
checked  and  rechecked.  Final  proofs  are  gone 
over  once  more  before  they  are  submitted  to  the 
printer.  The  editors  finally  fall  exhausted  upon 
their  beds.  Their  job  is  done.  The  following  day, 
The  Academy  News  is  proudly  distributed  to  the 
eager  students.  An  excellent  issue!  Mr.  Abrams 
congratulates  Mr.  Leibel  for  the  excellent  news- 


Left  to  righf:  Olim,  Brichto,  Perlmutter,  Luslig,  Rothkoff,  Le 





During  the  past  year,  a  mimeographed  paper, 
The  Ledger,  was  issued.  This  paper  was  written 
by  two  separate  groups.  The  Senior  Ledger,  with 
three  editors  —  Joseph  Chervin,  Bernard  Kosow- 
sky,  and  Stanley  Moses  —  was  the  ofBcial  organ 
of  Senior  opinion.  The  Junior  Ledger,  under  its 
able  editor,  Arnold  Rothkoff,  served  in  the  same 
capacity  for  the  Junior  class. 

The  paper's  policy  was  to  carry  on  a  crusade 
for  student  welfare.  Although  it  did  a  capable 
job  in  this  field,  it  failed  to  capture  the  vitriolic 
and  fiery  tone  of  its  stormy  predecessor.  The 

The  Informer  was  usually  created  in  an  atmos- 
phere of  romance  and  excitement.  As  the  candles 
burned  lower  and  lower  and  the  editors  yawned 
more  and  more  frequently,  the  finishing  touches 
were  put  on  the  Informer.  The  following  day  the 
editors  would  proudly  attach  their  large  oak 
tag  to  the  bulletin  board.  The  students  would 
assemble  there  to  read  with  interest  of  such 
stirring  battles  as  the  one  for  the  lowering  exemp- 
tion marks  to  85%,  club  periods,  and  eventually  a 
bitter  fight  against  the  abolition  of  the  exemption 
system.  The  battle  for  exemptions  resulted  in  the 
removal  of  the  Informer  from  the  bulletin  board 
by  an  irked  administration. 

During  the  fourth  term,  Stanley  Moses  as- 
sumed the  editorship  of  the  Informer  and  he 
continued  the  fight  for  exemptions.  This  crusade 
was  highlighted  by  a  plea  to  Dr.  Saphire  to 
return  this  system  to  T.A. 

The  following  term,  Jerry  Witkin  and  Norm 

Palefski  became  co-editors  of  The  Junior  Inform- 
er. They  will  be  remembered  for  their  tireless 
efforts.  Writing  feverishly,  they  kept  the  dormi- 
tory awake  with  their  lengthy  discussions  of 
the  articles.  The  next  day,  two  enervated,  sag- 
ging youths  proved  once  again  that  The  Informer 
stood  firmly  in  its  crusade  for  improvement  of 
student  life  at  Talmudical  Academy.  They  also 
succeeded  in  keeping  the  students  well  informed 
concerning  extra-curricular  activities. 

The  sixth  term  witnessed  the  death  of  the 
Informer.  Mr.  Abrams,  objecting  to  disturbances 
created  by  students  congregating  about  the  bul- 
letin board  and  feeling  that  the  name  "Informer" 
had  an  agitative  tone,  proposed  that  the  publi- 
cation be  mimeographed  and  circulated  among 
the  students,  and  requested  that  the  name  be 
changed.  It  was  under  these  circumstances  that 
the  "?"  was  born. 

A  contest  was  immediately  held  to  find  a  suit- 
able name  for  this  newly  born  orphan  of  T.A. 
The  name  "Ledger"  was  decided  upon  and  it 
was  agreed  that  the  Juniors  and  Seniors  would 
each  publish  an  issue  on  alternating  weeks.  Norm 
Palefski  and  Jerry  Witkin  retained  the  editorship 
of  the  Junior  Ledger.  The  paper  appeared  once, 
making  a  strong  support  of  a  test-a-day  system 
and  then  gave  way  to  the  Senior  Ledger  which 
appeared  more  often  than  its  lower  tenn  counter- 

The  present  Ledger  has  a  fiery  ancestor  and 
it  is  hoped  that  it  can  accomplish  the  fine  work 
achieved  by  its  predecessor. 

left   fo    rigfif,    firs* 
stein,    Schmulowitz, 

Sheinfeld,    Kosowsky,    RothkofF,    Podelsky,   Augenbr. 

Lipiner,     Nadler,    Goldsmith,    Prager,    Helfgott;    th\ 

Berlinger,     Matkowsky,     Brunswick,     Ruttnet 

le,    Wein- 
r,    Segal, 




cJ.  CI.  Scientific 

Themes  is  the  compilation  of  T.A.'s  literary 
genius.  Among  the  school's  many  journalistic 
masterpieces,  themes  alone  is  unique.  Its  life 
blood  is  voluntary  contributions. 

Themes  was  born  a  few  years  ago  in  the 
active  brain  of  Mr.  Herbert  Greenberg,  who 
felt  that  the  fine  gems  of  T.A.'s  skilled  scribblers 
should  be  enjoyed  by  all.  In  the  first  few  years 
the  emphasis  was  on  quantity,  not  quality.  Print- 
ing technique  was  poor.  The  student's  interest 
in  THEMES  was  at  a  low  ebb.  Its  contents 
could  usually  be  found  sailing  through  the  ali- 
as spitballs.  Mr.  Greenberg  stuck  to  it  and  even- 
tually the  issues  of  themes  were  used  as 
models  for  various  futuristic  airships  which 
sei-ved  themes'  goal  by  furthering  the  bo>'s' 
interest  in  a  new  branch  of  the  ever  expanding 
field  of  literature:  Science  Fiction.  In  the  midst 
of  his  great  effort  to  put  themes'  literary  stand- 
ards beyond  reproach,  Mr.  Greenberg  was  called 
away  to  more  inviting  fields,  and  themes 
dropped  into  oblivion.  It  was  resurrected  a  year 
later  by  Mr.  David  Horn  who  insisted  on  quality 
before  quantity;  black  borders  became  the  craze. 
The  1%  inch  mark  became  the  most  worn  out 
point  of  the  ruler. 

This  year,  upon  being  graduated  fi"om  the 
typing  staff,  Edward  Berger  and  Monte  Nuss- 
baum  took  over  the  major  burden  fi-om  Mr. 
Horn.  The  fine  printing  standard  was  continued 
and  bettered  to  an  amazing  degree.  Art  in  all 
forms    was    instilled    bv    the    skillful   hand    and 

The  T.A.  Scientific  was  created  a  few  years 
ago  as  a  means  of  reporting  the  functions  of 
the  various  science  clubs.  It  grew  independent  of 
them  and  greatly  expanded  its  scope.  It  has  be- 
come the  only  method  of  furthering  general  sci- 
entific interest  among  the  students  of  Talmudical 

This  year,  under  the  able  leadership  of  Monte 
Nussbaum  and  Seymour  Jotkowitz,  the  Scientific 
improved  rapidly.  The  content  became  more 
interesting.  Science  fiction  was  eliminated, 
thereby  raising  the  standard  of  publication. 
The  well  written  scientific  essays  enabled  the 
Scientific's  editors  to  enter  the  magazine  in  a 
national  science  contest. 

Among  the  many  improvements  was  the 
institution  of  art  work  which  brightened  the 
format  immeasurably.  Each  issue  had  a  definite 
theme   containing  essays  written  on  this   topic. 

The  Scientific  has  finally  achieved  a  place  of 
prominence  in  school  publications  by  providing 
well-chosen  articles  in  a  very  interesting  foiTiiat. 

technical  ability  of  Monte  Nussbaum. 

Special  editions,  containing  various  themes, 
were  published.  No  longer  could  a  copy  of 
themes  be  seen  propelling  its  wa\-  across  a 
chaotic  classroom.  The  publication  finally  re- 
ceived its  just  appreciation. 

Left     to     right,     First 
Podelsky,  Segal; 

Augenbraun,    Pn 

Schaeffer,      Bergei 
,   Siegel,    Hochstein 
Schelnfeld,    Brunswick. 

3Tn"'  Dvo  ntn  forn  ."cr  D't;"on  r,-:Dn  n^y^ni-n 

nn  nyT  ^d?  pnmo  m^SD  t.qd''  thki  ins  ?3 
."•npon  n^n  i»Din  n^nc  -i?2iyn  lar''  n'tinDon 
,^KTC"  'infi  Pi^'o  ionl"  nycn  :nox  m;ix3i 
□n'l  noN  ,"ntn  inn  '?v  a^p^i^n  rivs  in^iri,, 
:Dn;^  "los"  ?n  mny  •'no^x  /oon  nca  :f'Niti" 
.iDvy?  insi  ins  ^d  d^jio  n^ni  ,nr  n^c^Dn  ^^d^ 
siiD  t"i3  xmo)  .loiyn  m'so"'  a'oDn  lynp  ix3d 


xin  a^L'^onn  on  q^d^  d"d  ^c  loiyn  rn^-:D 
?3V3i  HD'OKO  D^JB'n  m^sD  laD  sin  nnvyn  :n 
DJE'i  q'j:^  D"a3  niD''cti'  ynti'  ('n  n"D  snpn) 
ns  anDiD  noiyn  m^iiDa  a;  i3?i  ,'?:iv  D^ti'^onn 
?nnD  "1^  ni3Dn  niyuc  nyni-',,  ninDD  myuti-n 
nyaK'  niDoi'  ^nn  (noiyn  nivp?)  ncpn  coin 
IK  .('12  T"t3  onan)  'i3i  niyuEi'  jn  rr-ti-'yi  niymtr 
in  nu  ■'T'  ?y  s^na'  ?3rni  nD'oe'n  dted  njic- 
,!'snt;"D  nnsi  nns  ''D  >y  nrnn  noiyn  dt-idi 
nnsi  nns  ^3"'  nn'-:D  s^nnt;'  "dd^  amiiDi,,  ncNri;' 
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-inon  E'sn  —  ns^na  anjo  .m  'p-c  niD'o  D"n''n 


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.pjym  pinn  ^s^o 

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"?]!  noiy  nmp  it  nnjo  .'n?  nnjo  isnnK'  nniyn 
ins  .ns'sn  nn^cy  —  -iniy  nn^n  imoK'  dej' 
"-n?  nnniD  nc-inn  nsnnn  nnn  noiyn  nmpn 
nT-vP  nns  ni^nai  nt;-ic'JL"  nsninn  s^n  "cnn„)  ens 
.(noD  "'L"  pL-snn  niD  qv  sipl"  ^lun  cm  noiyn 
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ni:;'n   nnnoo   ny   nr^nn   niD^on   mnnc-'  vast' 

Lett  to  righf,  first 

wr\    1^,  ^ 

hansky,  Schacter,  Dr.   Brayer,  Gortler,  AAeliz.. 
Halberstadt,    Kaplan,    Bide 

•  and  row:  Rothberger,  Bernstein,  Winter,  Kite 



d  the  iblchanite. 

A  cat  suddenly  jumps  from  a  garbage  can.  A 
bottle  tumbles  to  the  floor  with  a  loud  crash. 
The  new  Elchanite  editors  proceed  cautiously 
through  the  dark  halls.  They  approach  the  door 
to  the  hallowed  Elchanite  office.  The  door  is 
opened  and  after  five  minutes  of  frustrating  ef- 
fort, the  light  finally  is  snapped  on.  The  scene 
that  confronts  them  evokes  an  expression  from 
all.  The  walls  are  filled  with  witty  remarks,  ink 
stains,  and  names  of  legendary  figures.  Desks 
are  piled  high  with  old  yearbooks,  bills  to  the 
Elchanite  for  sandwiches  consumed  while  writ- 
ing, and  candy  wrappers.  The  floor  is  covered 
with  refuse.  Once  again  the  Senior  class  begins 
the  long,  tedious,  but  enjoyable  task  of  publish- 
ing a  yearbook. 

The  first  task  of  the  editors  is  to  obtain  a  suit- 
able theme.  This  process  begins  early  in  Octo- 
ber and  continues  noisily  through  November. 
Each  night  the  entire  Elchanite  staff  gathers  in 
a  smoke-filled  dorm  room  to  discuss  this  problem. 
After  two  hours  of  shouting,  Monte  Nussbaum 
repeats  the  entire  discussion,  refusing  to  hear 
the  loud  protests  issuing  from  all  sides.  After 
he  finishes  his  speech,  the  gathered  thi-ong 
shouts,  "That's  what  we  said." 

Finally,  in  November,  a  theme  is  discovered. 
The  literary  staff  proceeds  to  write.  This,  how- 
ever, is  not  so  easy  as  it  sounds  for  it  seems  that 
the  associate  literary  editors  are  possessed  of 
easy  going  natures.  Melvin  Simon  commences 
writing.  On  November  28,  he  receives  his  as- 
signment. A  week  later  he  is  warned,  "Mel,  if 
you  don't  have  that  article  in  by  tomon-ow,  I'll 
break  your  .  .  ." 

"Don't  worry.    I   just  wasn't  in   the  mood  last 

night.  You'll  have  it  tomorrow,  Rosey." 

On  January  28,  we  hear,  "Simmy,  please, 
when  are  you  going  to  finish?  It's  already  two 
months.  I  don't  want  to  rush  you  but  you  must 
realize  my  position." 

"I  just  wasn't  in  the  mood  to  write."  Upon 
saying  this,  the  capricious  genius  exits  with  a 
dramatic  gesture  of  the  hand. 

While  Sid  Brichto  baby-sits.  Jay  Braverman 
alights  the  bus  for  the  Bronx,  and  Mel  Simon 
awaits  inspiration,  an  enraged  literary  editor  is 
tied  to  his  bed  post  as  a  precautionary  measure. 

The  deadline  approaches.  The  literary  editors 
work  desperately  into  the  night.  The  hours  pass. 
One,  two,  three.  The  pace  begins  to  tell  as  Mel 
Simon  and  Sid  Rosdeitcher  begin  to  sing  spirit- 
uals,   interspersed   with   Halleluiahs,    Finally   at 

A    Pause  That   Refr. 

Hard   At   Work 

tlu-ee-thirty,  they  take  a  break.  They  walk  briskly 
through  the  cold  night  air.  The  streets  are  silent, 
and  the  only  sound  is  the  echo  of  their  footsteps. 
After  consuming  several  cups  of  coffee,  they 
return  refreshed  to  their  job.  Finally  as  the  sky 
tin-ns  from  a  slate-gray  to  a  crimson  and  the 
pale  sun  begins  to  disperse  the  heavy  mist,  three 
tired  Seniors  walk  slowly  from  the  room. 

The  newly  created  chapter  is  handed  to 
Bernie  Kosowsky.  Philip  Podelsky,  after  receiv- 
ing instructions,  types  the  copy.  Carried  away 
by  his  work,  "Poodles"  decides  that  the  proper 
wording  has  not  been  used  and  makes  a  change. 
The  article  is  returned  to  Sid  Rosdeitcher.  Five 
minutes  later,  he  can  be  seen  chasing  the  fright- 
ened ts'pist  down  Amsterdam  Avenue. 

A  search  is  begun! 

"Where's  Witkin?" 


Three  hours  later,  Jerry  returns,  smiUng  happi- 
ly, thanks  to  the  latest  Dean  Martin-Jerry  Lewis 

"Did  you  want  me?" 

Services  were  held  at  Last  Repose  Cemetery 
on  February  10,  1954. 

The  editors,  Joel  Kaplan  and  Norman  Palefski, 
have  numerous  problems. 

"Two  thousand  three  hundred  thirty-three, 
two  thousand  three  hundred  thirty-four,  two 
thousand  three  hundred  thirty-five.  .  .  .  What 
did  you  say,  Joel?" 

"Six  and  one  half  inches  by  seven  and  one 
quarter  inches  .  .  .  Nothing,  Norm." 

"Two  thousand  three  hundred  thirty  uh,  two 
thousand  uh  .  .  .  one,  two,  three,  four  ..." 

"Six  and  one  quarter  by  seven  and  one  half? 

No.  Six  and  one  half  by  seven  and  one  quarter 
or  was  it  four  and  one  seventh  by  two  and  one 

"©<*/#%$&%$;$   (CENSORED)" 

"Norm,  where's  the  ruler?" 

"How  about  a  bite?" 

"No,  we  better  keep  working." 

"Pass  the  ketchup,  Joel." 

Three  days,  nine  meals,  and  twenty-two 
sandwiches  later,  a  chapter  has  been  laid  out. 
Joel  and  Norman  yell,  "We  need  more  stuff,  Sid." 

"With  or  without  mustard?" 

Sid  hollers  at  his  staff. 

Mel  Simon  moans,  "I'm  not  in  the  mood." 

Sidney  Brichto  protests,  "Who'll  watch  my 
brother's  baby?" 

The  efforts  of  all  the  staffs  would  go  in  vain 
were  it  not  for  the  business  staff. 

Elly  Gross  and  Jack  Gartenberg,  dressed  in 
their  finest,  venture  out  into  the  business  world 
with  confidence.  They  walk  onward.  Their  feet 
cry  out  for  mercy  but  they  continue  on.  At  the 
end  of  the  day,  they  attempt  to  figure  out  their 

Shlome  O'Brian    .$.5.00 

Enrico  Schwartz $2.50 

Hubert  Pantywaist $1.00 

TOTAL $8.50 


Taxi  Fare    .• $4.80 

Lunch    $3.90 

Esquire    $  .25 

Marilyn  Monroe  Calendar $  .75 

TOTAL   $9.70 

Balance  at  start  of  day $2025.57 

Balance  at  day's  end $2023.37 

A  few  days  later  the  Senior  pictures  were 
taken.  The  Seniors  refused  to  believe  that  they 
are  not  handsome  and  many  were  dissatisfied. 

The  day  when  group  pictures  were  taken 
was  one  of  chaos.  Every  few  minutes  the  editors 
hustled  another  group  into  a  pose,  while  attempt- 
ing to  throw  Rube  Rechtschaffen  out  of  the 
room.  By  "accident,"  Rube  was  locked  out  as  die 
Arista  picture  was  being  taken.  As  Rube  pounded 
on  the  door  and  emitted  pitiful  wails,  the  editors 
finally  submitted  and  generously  opened  the 
door,  permitting  him  to  enter. 

The  editors  received  their  proofs,  checked  the 
copy  for  mistakes,  and  sat  back  to  wait  for  the 
final  result. 

The  book  is  published.  It  is  the  result  of  much 
toil.  The  editors  hold  it  in  their  hands  and 
silently  issue  a  sigh  of  relief  and  a  smile  of 


School  cJeams  — 


lll^atli  cJe 


The  Mathematics  Team,  formed  in  March, 
1952,  has  progressed  rapidly  and  has  attained 
a  position  ol:  prominence  in  school  activities. 

Charles  Patt,  the  captain  of  the  present  team, 
became  one  of  the  original  members  of  the  team 
when  he  was  only  a  Sophomore.  The  following 
term  saw  the  addition  of  Reuben  Rechtschaffen, 
Bernard  Kosowsky,  Herman  Stone,  Sidney  Ros- 
deitcher,  Dave  OHm,  and  Jay  Braverman.  Al- 
though they  were  overshadowed  by  the  Senior 
members  of  the  team,  the\'  gained  much  exper- 
ience. As  Seniors,  they  were  the  nucleus  of  the 

The  1953-54  season  was  highlighted  by  Rube 
Rechtschaffen's  19  for  28  record.  Under  the  able 
leadership  of  Captain  Charles  Patt  and  with  the 
aid  of  the  facult\'  advisor,  Mr.  Greitzer,  the  team 
finished  in  eighth  place  in  the  city.  During  the 
spring  season,  led  by  the  scoring  of  R.  Reclit- 
schaffen  they  finished  in  9th  place. 

That  the  team  should  score  at  all  is  surprising. 
The  practices  are  constant  sources  of  amusement 
to    bystanders. 

Each  practice  commences  with  a  loud  chorus 
of  "Who  Threw  The  Overalls  In  Mrs.  Murphy's 
Chowder?"    led    by    Bernie    Kosowsky,    Reuben 

Rechtschaffen,  and  Sid  Rosdeitcher.  As  Charlie 
Patt  pleads  for  order,  Hernian  Stone  craftily 
hides  Rubes  books.  Kosowsky,  taking  the  cue, 
throws  the  suffering  Rube's  coat  onto  an  adjoin- 
ing roof.  \\'hen  Rechtschaffen  attempts  to  re- 
trieve his  coat,  he  is  locked  outside  in  the  frigid 
winter  night.  Charlie  soon  restores  order,  but 
by  this  time,  Jay  BraveiTnan  is  disgusted  and 
leaves,  followed  by  the  other  members  of  the 

One  of  the  most  amusing  incidents  of  the 
season  occurred  during  a  meet  with  Bronx  Sci- 
ence. An  opponent  scratched  his  back.  Suspect- 
ing that  the  five  outstretched  fingers  signified 
the  answer,  Rosdeitcher  wrote  down  this  num- 
ber as  the  solution  to  the  problem.  While  no 
member  of  the  opposition  received  the  correct 
answer,  the  T.A.  Math  Team  was  delightfully 
surprised  as  Rosdeitcher  finally  was  right. 

The  team's  success  cannot  be  atb-ibuted  to 
luck.  Its  success  is  a  tribute  to  Mr.  Greitzer,  who 
graciously  gave  of  his  time  to  the  team.  The 
school  may  well  be  proud  of  the  achievements 
of  this  group,  which  has  not  only  stimulated  in- 
terest in  mathematics,  but  has  brought  glory  to 
the  school  throughout  the  cit\'. 

leH  to  right,  first  row:  Kosowsky,  Stone,  Pott,  Rechtschaffen,  Rosdeitchar;    second    row:    Segal,    Sass,    Broverman,    Ohm,    Beihr 


Senior  intramural  Ujasketball  cJe 


Playing  in  comparative  obscurity,  the  class  of 
'54  achieved  an  enviable  record  in  intramural 
basketball.  It  developed  many  members  of  the 
varsity  team  and  also  won  three  school  champion- 

In  the  fall  of  1950,  an  inexperienced  Fresh- 
man team  took  the  court  against  taller  upper 
class  teams.  Although  they  failed  to  win  a  game, 
the  Freshman  team  helped  develop  Al  Chaikin, 
Sim  Storch,  and  Sheldon  Weinstein  for  the  var- 
sity. During  the  spring,  the  team  was  bolstered 
by  the  addition  of  Elly  Gross  and  present  day 
scoring  star.  Norm  Palefski.  Again  failing  to  win 
a  game,  the  highlight  of  the  season  came  in  a 
game  against  the  Sophomores. 

The  team,  disgraced  by  a  string  of  overwhelm- 
ing defeats,  prepared  to  meet  a  Sophomore  boast 
that  they  would  hold  the  Freshmen  below  ten 
points.  In  the  last  few  minutes,  a  shot  by  Al 
Chaikin  boosted  the  team  over  the  ten  point 
mark  and  brought  a  small  consolation  to  the 
defeated  youngsters. 

During  the  Sophomore  year,  the  complexion 
of  the  score  changed  greatly.  The  team,  consist- 
ing of  Sheldon  Weinstein,  Wally  Goldman, 
Marty  Hirschman,  Stan  Moses,  Harvey  Rosen, 
Sonny  Meiselman,  Elly  Gross,  I>an  Frucher,  Joel 
Kaplan,  and  Jerry  Witkin,  won  the  school 
championship  in  the  spring  term.  This  was 
another  "first"  for  the  class  of  '54  as  no  other 

Sophomore  team  had  ever  won  a  school  cham- 

As  Juniors,  they  again  "copped"  the  champion- 
ship in  the  spring  term  despite  the  elevation  of 
S.  Weinstein,  S.  Meiselman,  and  S.  Moses  to  the 

The  Seniors,  with  team  consisting  of  Elly 
Gross,  Danny  Fracher,  Harvey  Rosen,  Marty 
Hirschman,  Lenny  Shapiro,  Jerry  Witkin,  Milty 
Pollack,  Joel  Kaplan,  Lenny  Barishansky,  and  Sid 
Rosdeitcher,  faced  a  serious  challenge  from  a 
hard  fighting  Soph  team.  Despite  the  loss  of  Elly 
Gross,  one  of  the  leading  scorers,  for  a  great  part 
of  the  season,  the  Seniors  avenged  a  loss  to  the 
Sophs,  and  in  a  well  played  play-off  game,  they 
trounced  the  Sophs.  This  game  was  highlighted 
by  the  scoring  of  Marty  Hirschman  and  Milty 
Pollack,  and  the  fine  play  of  Danny  Frucher, 
Jerry  Witkin,  and  Harvey  Rosen.  This  victory 
won  them  an  opportunity  to  face  the  Junior  Var- 
sity in  a  game  preceding  the  Talmudical-Dwight 
battle.  Attempting  to  play  possession  ball  to  slow 
down  the  well  coached  jay-vees,  the  Seniors  were 
thoroughly  trounced. 

The  intramurals  provided  many  thrills  for  the 
athletes  unable  to  play  varsity  ball.  They  served 
as  a  source  of  recreation  and  enjoyment  to  many 
and  helped  develop  sportsmanship  and  friend- 
ship among  the  students  of  Talmudical  Academy. 

Opening  Tap  of  Big  Game 


C^hess  cJe 


The  class  of  '54  has  had  many  outstanding 
accomplishments.  The  earliest  of  these  occurred 
in  the  Sophomore  year. 

In  the  spring  of  1952,  the  T.A.  Chess  Team 
attained  its  peak.  With  Norman  Palefski  at  third 
board  and  Joel  Kaplan  at  fourth  board,  the 
team  swept  to  the  New  York  Cit\'  High  School 
Championship  by  defeating  Brooklyn  Tech,  3-1. 

During  their  Junior  year,  Norman  and  Joel 
once  again  played  prominent  roles  as  the  team 
went  through  the  first  half  of  the  season  un- 
defeated. Because  the  team  did  not  have  the 
proper  amount  of  time  to  practice,  it  was  dis- 
banded before  it  could  defend  the  laurels 
achieved  in  the  previous  year. 

As  the  Senior  year  approached,  the  team 
looked  forward  to  another  fine  season.  The>" 
had  three  regulars  returning  from  the  1952-53 
season.  They  were  Norman  Palefski  and  Joel 
Kaplan,  Seniors,  and  Isaiah  Beilin,  a  Junior. 
However,  the  team  failed  to  compete  due  to  the 
suspension  of  the  League  schedule. 

In  the  spring  term,  under  the  membership  of 
Charles  Patt,  T.A.  compiled  an  impressive  7/2-4/2 
record  against  major  opposition.  The  team  lost 
out  in  its  quest  for  the  division  title  by  only  one 

Left  fo  right:  Beilin,  Kaplan,  Weintraub,  Palefski,  Patt,  Tamary 


(checker  cJi 


Enthusiasm  for  checkers  has  always  been 
present  among  the  members  of  the  class  of  '54. 

As  Freshmen,  the  intramural  team,  led  by 
Danny  Frucher,  battled  its  way  to  the  finals 
against  the  Seniors,  who  finally  defeated  them. 

During  the  Sophomore  year,  the  Interscho- 
lastic  Checker  Team  was  formed  largely  through 
the  efforts  of  Danny  Frucher.  Larry  Meltzer  and 
Norman  Palefski  were  also  among  the  original 

members  of  this  team.  These  members  showed 
great  promise,  for,  when  they  played  on  the 
Sophomore  Intramural  Team,  they  were  instru- 
mental in  achieving  a  school  championship  for 
the  class. 

The  following  year,  the  interscholastic  team, 
led  by  three  Juniors — D.  Frucher,  N.  Palefski, 
and  team  Captain,  L.  Meltzer — went  un- 
defeated in  its  three  matches.  At  the  same  time 
the  Junior  Intramural  Team  copped  the  school 

During  the  past  season  Seniors  Dave  Olim 
and  Larry  Magin  were  added  to  the  team  which 
was  captained  by  Danny  Frucher.  He  had  incit- 
ed a  broad  interest  in  checkers  by  scheduling 
two  matches  with  Central  Yeshiva  High  School. 
Overcoming  many  distractions,  the  team  swept 
both  matches. 

Lower  termers  expected  to  form  the  back- 
bone of  next  year's  team  are  Ben  Turner,  6th  and 
Sheldon  Brunswick,  4th.  Through  the  diligent 
efforts  of  Dave  Olim,  a  strong  interest  in  intra- 
mural checkers  has  been  created.  The  Intramural 
Checker  League  produced  many  outstanding 
performers  who  are  being  relied  upon  to  carry 
on  the  fine  tradition  of  the  Checker  Team. 

you  kidding? 

Left    io    right,    first 


Jjebatma  cJe 


The  orators  of  the  school  happih-  have  found 
a  use  for  their  talented  tongues.  After  practic- 
ing on  unfortunate  members  of  the  facult)', 
they  became  members  of  the  Interscholastic 
Debating  Team. 

The  class  of  '.54  contributed  Stan  Moses  to 
the  team  in  the  Sophomore  year  while  Ed  Berger 
and  Israel  Perlmutter  became  members  during 
their  Junior  year. 

This  >'ear,  the  debating  team  had  a  very  ac- 
tive and  successful  season,  participating  in  sev- 
eral debates.  Under  the  leadership  of  Jules 
Levin,  the  team  piled  up  an  impressive  record. 
By  alternating  the  members  of  the  team,  Mr. 
Levin  allowed  everyone  to  receive  an  equal  op- 
portunity to  speak  before  an  audience. 

The  team  served  as  a  method  for  developing 
students  of  Talmudical  Academy  into  intelligent, 
confident  speakers,  and  it  has  promoted  an  in- 
terest in  the  art  of  public  speaking. 

In  the  spring  term  under  the  leadership  of 
Stanford  Sherman,  the  Debating  Team  compiled 
a  .3-1  record. 

Discussing  a  Debate 







LeU    to    right,    first 

Under  the  expert  guidance  of  Bill  Millen, 
Yeshiva  University's  ex-foil  ace,  the  raw  clay 
of  last  year's  fencing  team  was  molded  into  a 
fighting  force  to  be  reckoned  with.  In  its  first 
two  matches  T.A.  tied  both  Emanuel  Brother- 
hood and  the  Yeshiva  University  Freshmen  6-6 

Sparked  on  by  the  dashing  performances  of 
Zvi  Berkowitz  6th,  Sheldon  Brunswick  4th,  Sam 
Bernhard  4th,  and  Stan  Sherman  6th,  Talmudical 
Academy  has  proven  again  that  Yeshiva  "Bachu- 
rim"  can  do  much  more  than  just  push  a  pencil. 

With  the  beginning  of  the  fall  term.  Coach 
Millen  accepted  several  Freshmen  onto  the  team, 
notable  among  them  was  Harvey  Fisher.  Prac- 
tices were  held  regularly  on  Sunday  and  Wed- 
nesday nights  for  two  hours  at  a  time — a  proof 
that  the  fencers  really  meant  business.  The 
team  purchased  their  own  masks,  foils,  and 
pants.  Through  the  efforts  of  the  Student  Coun- 
cil and  the  Yeshiva  University  Athletic  Associa- 
tion light  fencing  jackets  were  obtained. 

Other  members  of  the  team  are;  Murra\' 
Leiber  6th,  Jack  Biderman  4th,  Daniel  Greer 
4th,  Keith  Rosenthal  2nd,  and  Mathew  Shotkes 
2nd.  The  team   has  lost  no  one  by   graduation 

and  may  well  be  looking  forward  to  an  excellent 
season  next  September.  Due  to  the  efforts  of 
M.  Leiber,  team  manager,  matches  have  been 
scheduled  with  the  leading  high  schools  in  the 
city  and  coming  years  should  see  T.A.'s  Fencing 
Team  emerge  into  the  limelight. 


{Basketball  oJd 


The  notice  was  read.  "Basketball  tryouts  will 
be  held  tomorrow  night  in  the  gym.  All  can- 
didates must  bring  sneakers  and  shorts." 

A  current  of  excitement  and  anticipation  ran 
through  the  Freshman  class.  Small  youngsters 
walked  briskly  through  the  soggy  golden  leaves 
and  their  hopes  rose  with  every  breath  of  the 
clear  autumn  air. 

They  swung  their  sneakers  confidently  over 
their  shoulders  and  entered  the  building. 

In  the  locker  room  and  in  the  classrooms 
there  was  only  one  topic — basketball. 

The  day  ended  and  the  anxious  Freshmen  hur- 
ried noisily  to  the  locker  room.  They  dressed 
quickly.  Many  found  it  difficult  to  tie  their  shoe 
laces  for  their  hands  shook. 

They  ran  into  the  gym  and  there  they  felt 
a  tingle  of  embarrassment.  The  older  students 
looked  insultingly  at  their  small  bodies  which 
were  either  too  flabby  or  seemingly  too  thin  to 
stand  the  rigors  of  sports.  As  the  veteran  players 
smoothly  split  the  nets  time  after  time,  the 
Freshmen  felt  more  dejected. 

They  were  finally  sent  out  on  the  court.  A  pass 
bounced  off  the  hands  of  one  youngster,  an 
awkward  shot  by  another  and  a  poor  pass  by 
still  another  until  the  fiasco  was  halted.  Many 
of  the  Freshmen  had  tears  in  their  eyes.  They 
knew  they  had  failed.  Nevertheless,  they  still 
had  hope.  This  hope  was  finally  dashed  as  they 
were  told,  "Come  back  in  the  Spring,  son!  Maybe 
you'll  grow  by    then." 

They  set  their  chins  determinedly.  Every 
afternoon  they  frequented  the  park.  By  Spring,  a 
few  of  these  boys  appeared  to  improve.  Spring 
tryouts  approached  and  again  the  fever  spread. 
This  time,  however,  the  excitement  was  colored 
with  fear.  Would  their  attempt  once  again  end 
in  failure? 

For  many,  the  tryouts  did  end  in  defeat  but 
three  Freshmen  caught  the  eye  of  Mr.  Wettstein 
and  were  told  to  return  in  the  fall.  These  young- 
sters were  Norm  Palefski,  Al  Chaikin,  and  Sim 
Storch.  They  left  the  gym  triumphantly  with  a 
radiance  of  happiness  on  their  faces. 

The  following  Fall,  as  Sophomores,  they  re- 
turned bigger,  stronger,  and  greatly  improved. 
They  experienced  little  trouble  in  acquiring 
berths  on  the  team.  Mr.  Wettstein  proceeded  to 
drill   them  in  the   fundamentals   of  the   game. 

They  ran  until  their  legs  felt  like  lead.  They 
worked  plays  over  and  over  until  these  plays 
became  a  part  of  their  life.  They  spent  long 
hours  developing  shots.  They  failed  to  get  into 
many  games  but  they  were  being  molded  into 
smooth  ballplayers,  who  could  work  as  a  cohe- 
sive unit. 

During  the  1952-.53  season,  "Sonny"  Meisel- 
man,  the  possessor  of  a  deadly  set  shot  and  Shel- 
don Weinstein,  a  springy  speedster,  joined  their 
three  classmates  on  the  varsity.  The  stage  was 
being  set  for  the  Senior  year,  1953-54.  The  52-.53 
season  was  filled  with  thrills.  Arnold  Weinstein, 
Harvey  Blech,  Harold  Kern,  Herb  Shlussel,  and 
Joe  Meshill  were  leading  the  team  to  a  fine 
record.  However,  the  Juniors  on  the  team 
gained  prominence.  Norman  Palefski  became 
a  starting  member  of  the  varsity  and  rapidly 
distinguished  himself.  In  a  game  against  Frank- 
lin, he  gave  a  preview  of  his  scoring  talents  by 
ringing  up  27  points.  He  finished  the  season 
with  184  points.  Al  Chaikin,  Sheldon  Weinstein, 
Sonny  Meiselman,  and  Sim  Storch  also  disting- 
uished themselves  with  fine  performances  in 
many  games. 

The  successful  season  was  brought  to  a  trium- 
phant close  at  Madison  Square  Garden.  Norm 
Palefski,  however,  received  one  of  his  greatest 
disappointments.  A  few  days  before  the  Garden 
game,  he  was  kicked  in  tlie  leg  during  a  scrim- 
mage. It  swelled  rapidly  and  he  could  barely 
limp  to  his  room.  That  night  his  friends  spent 
long  hours  feverishly  applying  ice  packs  in  a 
vain  attempt  to  reduce  the  swelling.  The  day  of 
the  game  arrived  and  the  leg  was  still  swollen. 
The  dream  of  all  basketball  jilayers,  to  play  at 
Madison  Square  Garden,  was  sadly  smashed  by 
fickle  "Dame  Fortune."  Al  Chakin  and  Sheldon 
Weinstein  were,  therefore,  the  only  Juniors  to 
participate.  The  season  ended  at  the  Garden  as 
T.A.  won  an  exciting  game  from  their  Brookl^oi 
counterparts  before  a  huge  crowd  of  enthusiastic 
Yeshiva  high  school  students. 

The  starting  five  would  now  consist  of  five 
members  of  the  class  of  '54.  They  looked  for- 
ward to  the  new  season  eagerly.  There  was 
some  doubt  in  the  minds  of  the  fans,  packed  into 
the  T.A.  gym  for  the  opener  against  Bedford 
Park,  whether  this  team  could  continue  with 
success  equaling  the  previous  team.  Coach  Hy 


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third  row:   Frankel, 

■ow:   Frucher,   Palefski,   Schallamach;   second 
Perlmutter,  Storch,  Chaikin,  Schulberq;  Wies! 

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Wettstein  was  faced  with  the  loss  of  four  mem- 
bers of  the  starting  five  and  was  left  with  but  one 
player  of  real  varsity  experience  (Norm  Palef- 
ski) .  The  starting  team  was  announced  by  Danny 
Frucher  on  the  loud  speaker  .  .  .  "At  right 
forward  No.  88  Norman  Palefski  ...  At  left 
forward  No.  55  Sonny  Meiselman  ...  At  cen- 
ter No.  44  Al  Chaikin  ...  At  right  guard  No. 
66  Sheldon  Weinstein  ...  At  left  guard  No.  77 
Sim  Storch." 

They  fiinished  their  warmups  and  ti'otted  off 
the  court.  A  few  moments  later,  they  returned 
and  the  game  started.  All  doubts  were  immedi- 
ately dispelled  as  a  flashy  T.A.  team  swept 
Bedford  Park  off  the  floor  in  a  52-25  debacle. 

The  second  game  of  the  season  was  a  real 
test  of  the  true  sti-ength  of  the  team.  On  a  cold 
December  night,  they  faced  their  traditional 
foes.  Cathedral  High  School,  at  the  spacious 
Cardinal  Hayes  Gym. 

T.A.  started  slowly.  They  seemed  a  bit  nerv- 
ous and  Cathedral  quickly  forged  into  the  lead. 
The  score  at  the  half:  Cathedral  24-Talmudical 

The  Cathedral  fans  were  confident  and  al- 
ready were  singing  a  chant  of  victory.  The  T.A. 
fans  sat  in  a  pensive  silence. 

Whatever  Coach  Wettstein  told  the  boys 
between  halves  was  certainly  sufficient.  The 
team  returned  to  the  court  for  the  third  period 
and  in  a  brilliant  display  of  the  fast  break,  out- 
scored  their  opponents  19-2.  Cathedral  never 
recovered  and  the  game  turned  into  an  easy 

The  season  ran  along  in  a  smooth  fashion. 
HILI,  Music  and  Art  (our  first  victory  over 
Music  and  Art),  M.T.J.  (Palefski  scored  51  and 
team  scored  106),  B.T.A.,  Dwight,  Cathedral, 
Franklin,  and  R.J.J,  all  fell  by  the  wayside.  The 
team   had   run   up   a   24   game   winning   streak. 

which  started  the  previous  season.  Hopes  for  an 
undefeated  season  ran  high.  The  big  game  of 
the  season — Columbia  Grammar — would  tell  the 

The  game  immediately  developed  into  a  shoot- 
ing contest  between  two  fine  ball  clubs.  At  the 
half,  T.A.  held  a  slim  27-25  lead. 

Throughout  the  second  half,  the  fans  sat  on 
the  edges  of  their  seats.  The  lead  see-sawed  back 
and  forth.  With  little  more  than  a  minute  left, 
Columbia  Grammar  led  by  six  points.  Victory 
seemed  beyond  reach  but  sensational  shooting 
by  Palefski  and  Meiselman  tied  the  game  65-65 
at  the  buzzer,  leaving  the  fans  breathless. 

The  overtime  period  brought  heartbreak  to 
T.A.  Columbia  Grammar  took  a  three  point  lead. 
A  basket  by  Meiselman  made  it  68-67.  With  less 
than  a  minute  remaining  C.G.  scored  again. 
Weinstein  drove  through  to  make  it  70-69.  With 
ten  seconds  left  T.A.  pressed  C.G.  in  back  court. 
For  a  brief  moment,  the  ball  was  loose  and  a 
scramble  ensued.  Chaikin  got  his  hands  on  the 
ball  but  it  was  finally  lost  to  C.G.  as  the  buzzer 
sounded,  ending  the  game,  any  hope  for  an  un- 
beaten record,  and  the  24  game  winning  streak. 
The  team  had  lost  but  there  was  no  disgrace  for 
they  had  lost  like  champions. 

The  rest  of  the  season  went  by  without  a  loss 
and  once  again  the  team  was  invited  to  play  in 
the  Garden.  The  great  "once  in  a  lifetime"  thrill 
had  arrived.  As  the  team  stepped  onto  the  mag- 
nificent court,  they  could  remember  how  they 
felt  when  they  appeared  on  the  small,  poorly  lit 
court  of  the  T.A.  gym.  They  warmed  up  and 
then  heard  their  names  announced  on  the  Gar- 
den   l..U.lsp.Mk,T. 

Starting     F 

Talmudical  took  the  opening  tap  and  pro- 
ceeded to  run  up  a  21-9  lead  by  the  end  of  the 
first  quarter.  With  Palefski,  Weinstein,  and  Chai- 
kin continuing  to  lead  the  way  the  score  soared 
to  37-11  at  the  half.  During  intermission,  Mr. 
Kupchick  praised  the  team  for  thei'r  fine  play. 
However,  he  aroused  the  ire  of  Mr.  Abrams  by 
requesting  that  the  team  cut  more  often. 

If  T.A.  felt  confident  of  victory,  they  were  in 
for  a  surprise.  The  B.T.A.  team  came  to  life  and 
outscored  T.A.  18-9  during  the  third  quarter. 
Seven  of  T.A.'s  nine  points  were  scored  by  Norm 
Palefski.  Despite  B. T.A.'s  spirited  play,  Talmudi- 
cal held  them  at  bay  and  the  game  ended  with 
the  Heighters  winning  65-45. 

The  locker  room  was  a  scene  of  happy  con- 
fusion. The  finest  season  in  T.A.  history  was 
ended  on  a  victorious  note.  Coach  Hy  Wettstein 
proved  once  again  his  uncanny  genius  to  develop 
championship  teams.  His  overall  record  had 
reached  124  wins  and  36  losses,  a  sparkling  .775 
average.  Tribute  after  tribute  was  heaped  upon 
the  team.  They  dominated  the  Manhattan  team 
in  the  first  Jewish  High  School  League  All  Star 
game.  Manhattan,  led  by  Palefski,  Weinstein, 
Chaikin,  and  Meiselman,  easily  defeated  Brook- 
lyn. Sheldon  Weinstein  was  chosen  the  game's 
Most  Valuable  Player. 

Norman  Palefski  became  the  first  Jewish  High 
School  League  player  to  win  a  spot  on  the  first 
team  of  the  All  New  York  City  Prep  School  team 
which  was  picked  by  the  New  York  Post  and 
the  New  York  City  sportswriters.  Sheldon  Wein- 
stein received  honorable  mention  on  the  All 
Prep    team.    Palefski    also    received    the   Jewish 


High  School  League  MVP  Award,  the  Dr.  H>-- 
man  Israel  Award  as  T.A.  Player  of  the  Year. 
Sheldon  Weinstein  and  Al  Chaikin  were  co- 
winners  of  the  Abe  Kramer  Award  for  excellence 
of  play  and  greatest  improvement  while  Sonny 
Meiselman  received  the  Philip  Wettstein  Memo- 
rial Award  for  sportsmanship. 

The   team    consisted   of  the   finest   group   of 
players  in  school  history. 


Norman  Palefski — Captain  and  most  outstanding 
performer  ever  to  represent  T.A.  and  the  Jew- 
ish High  School  League.  He  broke  every  exist- 
ing Jewish  High  School  and  team  scoring  mark 
with  51  points  in  one  game,  530  points  in  one 
season,  and  26.5  average  per  game.  Added  to 

Sheldon    Weinstain 

Norman    Palefski 

this  are  his  fine  all-round  defensive  play,  re- 
bounding, and  wonderful  leadership.  He  was 
the  winner  of  the  VI.V.P.  award  for  the  Jewish 
High  School  League,  the  winner  of  the  Dr. 
Hyman  Israel  Award  for  being  the  outstand- 
ing all-round  player  and  student.  He  was  se- 
lected for  all-city  honors  on  the  New  York  City 
Private  High  School  Team  by  New  York  City 
Sports  Writers,  and  all  league  selection. 
.  Weinstein — Team  sparkplug,  defensive  and 
offensive  star.  The  key  to  the  team's  excellent 
zone  defense.  A  steady,  consistent  scorer  with 
a  13  plus  scoring  average.  An  excellent  re- 
bounder  and  cutter.  The  key  figure  in  the 
team's  all-round  brilliance.  He  was  selected  by 

New  York  Sports  Writers  for  all  city  honors 
via  honorable  mention.  He  was  also  selected 
for  the  Jewish  High  School  All  Star  Team.  He 
is  the  co-winner  of  tlie  Abe  Kramer  Award  for 
excellence  of  play  and  great  improvement. 

Al  Chaikin — Vastly  improved  player.  Steady  on 
offense  with  an  eleven  plus  scoring  average. 
He  is  an  excellent  rebounder  and  fine  defen- 
sive player.  He  has  great  team  and  competitive 
spirit.  One  of  the  truly  fine  "big  men"  in  the 
school's  basketball  history.  He  was  selected 
for  the  Jewish  High  School  All  Star  Team 
and  was  co-winner  of  the  Abe  Kramer  Award 
for  excellence  of  play  and  all-round  improve- 


N.  Meiselman — All-around  excellence  with  more 
concentration  on  defense.  Broke  all  existing 
records  for  assists  and  did  it  without  a  selfish 
thought.  Winner  of  the  Philip  Wettstein 
Memorial  Award  for  excellent  play,  team  spirit 
and  sportsmanship.  He  was  selected  for  the 
Jewish  High  School  All  Star  Team. 

S.  Storch — Vastly  improved  spirit  and  playing 
ability  made  him  a  valuable  asset  to  the  team. 
A  rugged  rebounder  and  fine  defensive  player, 
he  was  the  key  to  the  fast  break  with  his 
ability  to  rebound  and  get  the  ball  moving. 
He's  a  rugged  individual  and  a  good  college 

G.  Frankel — Captain-elect.  Team's  best  passer 
with  needle-like  precision  passes.   His  sharp 

Nathan    Meisein 

The  great  work  of  Abe  Kupchick,  who  aided 
Hy  Wettstein,  should  receive  special  comment. 
In  the  coach's  own  words,  "Abe  has  been  of 
inestimable  value  to  me  as  a  friend,  teacher, 
leader,  and  coach." 

A  great  team  needs  a  great  managerial  staff. 
Danny  Frucher,  manager;  Arno  Schallamach,  as- 
sistant manager,  and  Jerry  Witkin,  publicity  di- 
rector, proved  to  be  the  finest,  hardest  working 
group  ever  to  handle  the  very  important  duties 
of  manager. 

eyes  and  fine  all-round  play  figures  to  per- 
petuate T.A.'s  fine  basketball  record. 

M.  Shulberg — Shows  great  promise  and  figures 
to  be  an  outstanding  performer  next  season. 

G.  Lessin — Speedy,  alert,  and  with  a  great  de- 
sire to  play.  Should  be  a  1954-55  starter. 

I.  Goldsmith — Steady  all-round  performer.  Filled 
in  well  all  season.  He  is  ready  to  blossom  forth 
as  a  star  performer. 

M.  Kriger — His  speed,  good  set  shot,  jump  shot 
are  all  the  prerequisites  of  a  first  five  man. 

A.  Michaelson,  A.  Lindenbaum,  I.  Hornstein,  N. 
Simon,  A.  Wiesel,  D.  Perlmutter,  and  D.  Lif- 
shitz  all  showed  great  promise  and  should 
help  the  future  T.A.  teams  continue  in  the 
fine  tradition  of  T.A.  basketball. 


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T.A.'s  19-1  record — greatest  record. 

Palefski — 530  points  for  a  26.5  average  (double 
the  present  mark). 

T.A.'s  first  100  point  contest— 106-19;  vs.  M.T.J. 

All-around  spirit,  conduct,  scholastic  attainment, 
and  athletic  ability'  of  the  all  Senior  five. 

Chaikin's  general  excellent  play  and  outstanding 
performances  in  the  second  Bedford  Park  tilt 
and  in  the  Madison  Square  Garden  game. 

Palefski's  mii-aculous  offensive  and  defensive 
play  in  the  last  quarter  of  the  Columbia  Gram- 
mar game.  It  was  the  greatest  high  school  per- 
fomiance  ever  seen. 

Dr.  Saphire,  Dr.  Grinstein,  and  Mr.  Lichten- 
berg's  locker  room  visit  at  Madison  Square 

Palefski's  all  city  selection  by  the  New  York  Post 
and  the  New  York  City  Sports  Writers. 

Weinstein's  all  city  selection  for  honorable  men- 
tion by  the  New  York  Post  and  the  New  York 
City  Sports  Writers. 

The  team's  comeback  in  the  last  minute  of  the 

Columbia  Grammar  game. 
T.A.   second   Garden   visit  and   fourth   straight 

S.  Storch's  greatly  improved  spirit  and  play. 
N.  Meiselman's  steady  defensive  play  and  fine 

all-round  ability. 
Frankel  and  Goldsmith's  excellent  play  during 

the  loss  of  Storch  and  Meiselman. 
Weinstein's  tremendous  all-round  play  all  season. 
Improved  play  of  Lessin,  Wiesel,   Michaelson, 

and  Lindenbaum. 
T.A.'s   tremendous  second  quarter  vs.   Bedford 

Park   (second  game).  They  scored  35  points 

and  outperformed  any  high  school. 
T.A.'s  loss  to  Columbia  Grammar  and  wonderful 

attitude  and  comeback  after  the  loss. 
Palefski's  wonderful  leadership. 
Danny   Frucher,   Amo    Schallamach,    and   Jerry 

Witkin's  outstanding  day  to  day  performance. 

QJinal  Statistics 

T.A.  Basketball  Team 

1953-54  Record:  19  ■ 

1  lost 

Name  &  UnifoiTn  No.  Games 

Palefski,  Norman  (88) 20 

Weinstein,  Sheldon  (66) 20 

Chaikin,  Alfred  (44) 20 

Meiselman,  Nathan  (55) 18 

Storch,  Seymour-   (77) 17 

Frankel,  Gerald  (51) 20 

Moses,  Stanley  (99) 6 

Schulberg,  Martin  (96) 18 

Lessin,  Gary   (12) 13 

Goldsmith,  Irving   (16) 19 

Krieger,  Morton  (9) 16 

Weisel,  Alvin  (11) 9 

Michaelson,  Alvin  (19) 12 

Simon,  Neil  (25)    13 

Lifschitz,  Ralph  (8) 6 

Hornstein,  Indng  (15) 13 

Perlmutter,  David  (10) 10 

Lindenbaum,  Armand  (33)    ...  13 

T.A.— Team  Totals 20 

Opposition — Team    Totals 20 




F.T.  % 









































































































































































H.LL.1 39 

MUSIC  &  ART    29 

M.T.J 19 

ALUMNI    34 

B.T.A 43 






T.A.—     69; 


.          70 

T.A.—  103; 


...     37 

T.A.—     76; 


...     56 

T.A.—     87; 


...     52 

T.A.—     65; 


...     44 

T.A.—     88; 


.  ..     35 

T.A.—      71; 


...     39 

T.A.—     91; 


...     44 

T.A.—     65; 


...     45 

Totals  1376 



Most  points  in  game  106  vs.  M.T.J.  1953-54 
Most  points  in  season  1378,  1951-52 
Most  field  goals  in  game  48,  vs.  M.T.J.  1953-54 
Most  fouls  scored  in  game  30,  vs.  Ramaz  1953-54 
Highest  average  per  game  for  a  season,  68.80,  1953-54 
Lowest  average  per  game  for  opposition,  39.05,  1953-54 
Best  season  percentage  (19-1)  .950,  195.3-.54 
Most  consecutive  wins,  24,  1951-52-.53-54 
Consecutive  league  championships,  4 
Consecutive  league  wins,  20  (unbroken)  1951-52-.53-.54 
Most  field  goals  in  season,  555,  19.53^54 
Most  fouls  made  in  season,  266,  19.53-54 
Best  foul  shooting  percentage  .581,  19.53-.54 
Most  wins  in  season,  23,  1951-52 
Most  losses  in  season,  11,  1949-50 
Consecutive  wins  in  season,  1.3,  19.52-.5.3 
Consecutive  losses  in  season,  7,  1949-50 

NOTE:   For  a  20-game  season,  the  1953-54  basketball  team  has  broken  every  existing 
individual  and  team  record. 


Most  points  in  single  game:  51,  N.  Palefski  vs.  M.T.J.  1953-54 

Most  field  goals  in  single  game:  23,  N.  Palefski  vs.  M.T.J.  1953-54 

Most  fouls  in  single  game:  13,  N.  Palefski  vs.  Ramaz  1953-54 

Most  consecutive  fouls  made  in  one  game:  11,  N.  Palefski  vs.  Ramaz  1953-54 

Most  points  against  in  one  game:  26,  Davidman,  Bentlev  1951-52,  Gunset,  Bedford  Park 

Highest  average  per  game:  26.5,  N.  Palefski  1953-54 
Most  points  in  season:  530,  N.  Palefski  1953-54 
Most  field  goals  in  season:  232,  N.  Palefski  1953-54 
Most  fouls  in  season:  66,  S.  Weinstein,  N.  Palefski  19.53-54 
Best  foul  percentage  in  season:  F.  Annisfeld  1950-51 
Most  points  in  career:  729,  N.  Palefski 
Most  field  goals  in  career:  316,  N.  Palefski 
Most  fouls  in  career:  97,  N.  Palefski 
Most  individual  records  broken  in  one  season:  14,  1953-.54 

PLAY-OFF  RECORDS  (just  originated) 

Most  points  in  single  game:  29,  N.  Palefski  vs.  B.T.A.  1953-54 
Most  fouls  in  single  game:  9,  N.  Palefski  vs.  B.T.A.  1953-54 
Most  points  scored  by  team  in  one  game:  65,  vs.  B.T.A.  1953-54 



nd  the  ^Jjaseoall  cJi 

earn.  arrives.  In  upper  Manhattan,  the  Spring 
is  heralded  by  the  sound  of  a  baseball  popping  in 
a  mitt.  The  scene  is  the  tr\'outs  for  the  Talmudi- 
cal  Academy  baseball  team. 

Fifty  aspirants  earnestly  vied  for  positions  on 
the  team.  There  were  many  errors,  wild  throws 
and  strikeouts.  The  cuts  were  made  and  many 
were  disappointed.  The  remainder  constituted 
another  attempt  at  baseball  in  T.A.  Year 
after  year  T.A.  baseball  met  failure.  Five  years 
before  was  the  last  time  a  T.A.  baseball  team  had 
played  a  game.  The  results  were  disastrous.  They 
received  a  crushing  defeat  at  the  hands  of  Colum- 
bus High.  This  defeat  had  a  demoralizing  effect 
on  T.A.  baseball. 

Al  Chaiken  and  Harvey  Rosen,  Co-Captains, 
were  now  making  an  attempt  to  field  a  successful 
and  victorious  ball  club.  Under  the  direction  of 
Coach  H>'  Wittstein,  the  starting  team  was  se- 
lected and  readied  for  its  opening  game  against 
Bedford  Park  High  School  on  May  18. 

On  Tuesday  afternoon.  May  18,  the  team  jour- 
neyed to  Harris  Field,  Bronx,  for  its  opening 
game.  The  line-up  was  as  follows; 

Jerry  Fine RF 

Lennv  Barishansky CF 

Norm  Palefski  .     .' SS 

Harvev  Rosen 3B 

Al  Chaiken IB 

Ray  Levine   LF 

Sonny  Meiselman      2B 

Joel  Kaplan C 

Michael    Zuckerman    P 

The  substitutes  were;   S.  Rosdeitcher,  P.  Podel- 

sky,  D.  Frucher,  G.  Frankel,  T.  Rosenthal  and 
S.  Jotkowitz. 

The  Bedford  Park  hurler  started  wildly.  He  hit 
Fine  with  the  first  pitch.  Fine  advanced  to  third 
base  on  a  steal  and  a  wild  throw  and  then  pro- 
ceeded to  score  when  Palefski,  who  had  walked, 
drew  a  wild  throw  from  the  catcher  after  stealing 
second  base. 

The  lead  was  short  lived,  however,  as  a  streak 
of  wildness  by  Zuckerman  gave  Bedford  Park 
3  runs.  Two  of  those  runs  scored  when  two  run- 
ners, apparently  out  at  the  plate,  charged  roughly 
into  Joel  Kaplan  dislodging  the  ball  from  his 
hand.  An  inning  later  Joel  revenged  this  by  bowl- 
ing over  the  opponents'  first  baseman  who  was 
blocking  the  base.  Bedford  Park  added  two  runs 
in  the  third  to  take  a  5-1  lead.  Helped  by  the 
wildness  of  the  Bedford  Park  pitcher,  T.A. 
three  runs  across  the  plate.  Bedford  scored  once 
more  in  the  fifth  inning  giving  them  a  two  run 
lead.  Going  into  the  last  inning  two  runs  behind 
T.A.  started  a  typical  T.A.  rally.  Zuckennan  led 
off  the  top  of  the  sixth  with  an  infield  hit.  Walks 
to  Frankel,  pinch  hitting  for  Fine,  and  Barishan- 
sky loaded  the  bases.  After  a  3-2  count  Palefski 
walked  forcing  in  one  run  and  then  the  bases 
were  cleared  on  Rosen's  hard  smash  that  was 
erred  by  the  first  baseman.  Rosen  then  scored  on 
Chaiken's  squeeze  bunt  ending  the  scoring  in 
this  ti-emendous  inning.  After  giving  up  one  run 
Zuckerman  ended  the  game  by  striking  out  the 
last  two  Bedford  Park  players.  Thus,  the  Acade- 
mites'  opening  game  ended  in  victory. 

After  this  initial  success,  manv  more  games 
were  scheduled  for  the  team  and  optimism  ran 
hgh  for  the  future  success  of  the  team. 

Left  fo    right.   First   row. 
Wettstein;  fh, 


Dr.  Samuel  Belkin 
iident  of  Yeshiva  University 


Dr.  Shelley  R.  Sophire 
Principal  of  Talmudical  Academy 






With  abiding  faith  that  you  will  govern  >-our 
lives  by  the  standard  of  the  Torah  and  our  Ameri- 
can democracy,  and  that  \ou  will  consider  your 
education  as  a  means  to  a  greater  end — towards 
a  concentrated  service  to  God  and  our  fellow 
men,  we  congratulate  you,  the  class  of  1954, 
and  wish  you  well  being  and  well  doing. 


kpilogue  (cont'd ) 

N  JUNE  28,  1954,  the  dreams  and  aspira- 
I  tions  of  70  students  were  realized. 
Graduation  Day  —  with  all  its  signifi- 
cance and  solemnit\'  —  had  finally  arrived.  A 
conspicuous  air  of  expectancy  fell  over  die  grad- 
uates as  Commencement  began.  This 
air  could  be  compared,  remarkabh",  to  their 
feeling  when  they  first  entered  T.A.  Since  that 
unforgettable  day,  a  magnificent  bridge  had 
been  built,  which  linked  the  shores  of  boyhood 
and  manliood,  and  spanned  a  sea  of  learning. 
Bewilderment  had  been  replaced  by  confidence; 
frivolity  by  determination  and  juvenility  by  ma- 
turity. As  the  graduates  slowly  marched  down 
the  aisles  of  die  assembly  hall,  diey  all  felt  an 
inexplicable  nostalgia  —  a  tight  throat  and 
swelled  eyes.  When  all  were  seated,  graduation 

As  the  time  slowly  passed,  each  graduate  be- 
gan to  reminisce  about  his  high  school  da>s.  He 
recalled  his  accomplishments  and  failings,  his 
hopes  and  disappointments,  his  joys  and  sorrows. 
Each  incident  took  on  a  different  meaning  and  a 
new  significance.  The  many  friends  he  made, 
the  teachers  he  had,  the  cramming  for  tests,  the 
years  in  the  dormitory,  the  foolish  mistakes  — 
these  had  comprised  his  stay  in  T.A.  But  it  was 
more  than  that.  It  was  the  silent  miraculous 
growth  of  a  boy  into  manhood,  the  drinking  of 
the  ocean  of  knowledge,  the  working  together 
toward  a  common  goal  —  maturity. 

The  hours  passed.  Graduation  neared  its  cli- 
max. The  diplomas  are  awarded.  The  diploma 
is  a  symbol  of  work  accomplished,  but  its  im- 
portance  is   beyond   past   achievement.    It   is   a 

graduate's  key  to  a  new  era  of  his  Hfe.  It  is  a 
summit  to  which  he  has  ascended,  from  which 
he  can  pause,  reflect,  and  view  this  complex 
world  in  perspective.  What  the  futui'e  holds,  no 
living  man  can  comprehend.  But  one  tiring  is 
certain,  it  belongs  to  those  who  prepare  for  it. 
A  diploma  symbolizes  an  essential  part  of  this 

He  was  awakened  b>'  a  voice  announcing  his 
name.  He  slowly  arose.  As  he  climbed  the  steps 
to  the  stage,  he  glanced  into  the  audience.  There 
he  noticed  the  beaming  faces  of  his  proud 
parents  standing  out  among  a  sea  of  faces.  Their 
approving  nod  encouraged  him.  He  received  his 
diploma  and  automatically  shook  the  hand  of 
Dr.  Saphii-e.  In  a  few  minutes  the  graduation 
w  as  concluded  and  he  walked  from  the  assem- 

As  he  stepped  into  the  street,  he  turned  and 
faced  his  majestic  Alma  Mater  with  a  feeling  of 
awe,  and  a  tear  in  his  eye.  In  the  still  of  the 
night,  against  a  black  velvet  sky,  its  structure 
loomed  like  a  giant.  He  had  lived  under  its 
shelter  for  four  eventful  years,  and  now  he  was 
leaving — taking  with  him  something  priceless, 
something  intangible,  something  inexpressible. 
He  searched  for  words  with  w^hich  to  thank  it  but 
could  find  none.  He  blessed  it  with  his  heart 
and  slowly  turned  to  go. 

He  walked  on  into  the  night,  engrossed  in 
thought.  He  asked  himself,  "WTiat  did  my  school 
expect  from  me?"  He  then  realized  the  essence 
of  his  education.  With  it  he  could  face  the  fu- 
ture with  confidence,  and  live  a  more  meaning- 
ful life. 


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thi^Cou0i>  afitudy  pjrcnhcEi  fofiali  icliaol^ 

^n  ti>;sftimon^  twhmof  to  haUa  affixed 

SmOtnt  fwliiua  Tfrnutrsitu  MHnfgs^  |rtiictiiBl  or  %  SaluroWrsl  ^aStoj 


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Beikowitz,  Zvi 
Ben-David,  Nogah 
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Hcrii-iein,  Albeit 
Hi.k.  Israel 
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Halpern,  Alvin 
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Kampel,  Allen 
Katter,  Jerome 
Kiterits,  Howard 
Krantz,  Oscar 
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Landres,  Richard 
Lerman,  Jack 
Levin,  Jules 
Levine,  David 
Levine,  Raphael 

Levitz,  Irving 
Lieber,  Murray 
Linchitz,  Herbert 
Lipner,  Solomon 
Low,  Kalman 
Mitzner,  Samuel 
Moskowitz,  Harvey 
Nadler.  Marvin 
Nissel,  Neil 
Ostrovsky,  Raphael 
Pereira,  Benjamin 
Perlmutter,  Israel 
Pine,  Miltou 
Potok,  Simon 
Prager,  Jonas 
Rosen,  Barry 
Rosenberg,  Jules 
Rothkoff,  Arnold 
Ruttner,  Norman 
Saffra,  Rafael 
Saks,  George 

Scheinfeld,  Israel 
Schmulowitz,  Robert 
Schucatowitz,  Joshua 
Schulberg,  Martin 
Selig,  Herbert 
Singer,  Morton 
Solnicker,  Hershel 
Stern,  Lenny 
Stern,  Stanley 
Storm,  Allen 
Tabory.  Joseph 
Tamary,  Ernest 
Turner,  Benjamin 
Weinberg,  Raphael 
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Eggs  -  Butter  ■  Cheese 
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In  Memory 





to  the 


on  their  graduation 



Mr.  Meyer  Stavisky 



New  York  City 


New  York  City 

Manufacturers  of 
Americans  Finest  Clothing 
For  Men  and  Young  Men 



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Coiigratuhitions  and  Best  of  Luck  to   .   .  . 


On  His  Giatluation 

Mr.  &  Mrs.  Morris  Rosdeitcher 
&  Sister  Helen 

Best    (T  ish  es   from    .    .   . 


Bernard  Kosowsky 

MR.   &  MRS.  J.   FEILER 


Los  Angeles  16.  Calif. 


Bernard  Kosowsky 

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MR.  &  MRS. 


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Opposite  the  \  eshiva 

Cohens  Hebrew  Book  Store 

Service  for  Israel  Agent 
Burnside    Ave.,    Near    Creston,    Bronx,    N.    Y. 

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Hebrew  Bociks.  Records.  Israeli  Gifts  Shop 
373  Audubon  Ave.  New  York  33,  N.  Y. 


Strictly  Kosher 

242  West  76th  Street 

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Sclineiderman's  Roxy 
Barber  Shop 

1548  St.  Nicholas.  New  York  33,  N.  Y. 


2325  Broadway  at  84  St.         New  York  24,  N.  Y. 
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I.  and  S.  HOUSEWARE 

Hardware,  Floor  Covering,  Electrical  Supplies 
Compliments  of  .  .  . 


Meat  Products  and  Canned  Meats 
Compliments  of  .  .  . 

Mr.  Morris  Turetzsky  &  Family 

Compliments  of  .  .  . 


Compliments  of  .  ,  . 


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Astoria,  L.  I. 

General  Upholstering  Co. 

37-12  Broadway  Astoria  3,  L.  I. 


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ORegon  7-3390 

HERSH's  Kosher  Wines 


107  Norfolk  Street 

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BArclay  7-8918-9 

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Manufacturers  of 
"Allen  Park"  —  "Baychester" 

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Congratulations  to  .  .  . 

Jack  Gartenbiirg 

On  His  Graduation 


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Handball  and  Tennis  Courts 

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On  His  Graduation 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sol  Olini 
and  Dorothy 


"The  Aristocrats  of  Kosher  Catering" 


Little  Hungary 


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HYacinth  7-1166-7-8-9-70 

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Furniture,  Jewelry,  Radios 
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Homes  Completely  Furnished 
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Children's  Outfitters 

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New  York  33,  N.  Y. 


Smart  Clothing  for  Men,  Ladies,  and  Boys 

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MR.  &  MRS.  H.  GELLOR 

Brooklyn  14,  N.  Y. 

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Aunt  Rose  and  Uncle  Morris 

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Levitt's  Department  Store 


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TR  2-8428  Bronx  60,  N.  Y. 

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Treniont  Dairy  Restaurant 


LUdlow  4-8175  We  Call  and  Deliver 

2829  Creston  Avenue  Bronx,  N.  Y. 

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Open  7  A.M.  to  8  P.M. 

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MR.   H.   HALPER 

1416  ST.  NICHOLAS  AVE. 

New   York   City 


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2921  MERMAID  AVE. 
Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Rechtschaflfen 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Sidney  Stone 
and  Family 

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209  WEST  26ih  STREET 
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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Wealcath 



Spring  Valley,  N.  Y. 

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Morris  Toback  Pharmacy 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Sol  Lichtenstadt 

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Lambert's  Serve  Yourself  Market 


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110  West  48th  Street  New  York  36,  N.  Y. 

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955  Leggett  Ave. 

Bronx  55,  N.  Y. 

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1203-5  Utica  Avenue  Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Phone  KI  2-1434 


917  Bryant  Avenue  Bronx,  N.  Y. 


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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Bob  Gleicher 
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Strictly  Kosher 
1556  ST.  NICHOLAS  AVE. 

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ROOM  204 

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MR.  &  MRS.  A.   FASS 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Win.  Genat 
antl  Family 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Maurice  Bernstein 
and  Steve 

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113-115  WILLOW  AVENUE 
Hoboken,  N.  J. 


If   Marcus   can't   fix   your   watch   he'll   give   you 

a  new  one 
115  Washington  St.  Hoboken,  N.  J. 

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RI  9-6752 

SINGER'S  Electrical  Appliances 

2632  Broadway  at  lOOlh  St.,  New  York  25,  N.  Y. 

Mr.  &  Mrs.  Abraham  Soled 
&  Family 

185  Bergen  Avenuue        Jersey  City,  New  Jersey 
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TYrone  2-9690 

Bronx  61,  N.  Y. 

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Mr.  Harvey  Leifer  and  Family 

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His  Parents  and  Sister,  Jeanne 

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LOngaire  3-2186-7 

Lee  Pleating  &  Stitching  Co. 

Rolling,    Shirring,    Pleating,    Stitching,   Tucking 

315  WEST  39th  STREET 
New  York 

I.   SHALOM  &  CO.,  INC. 

New  York  City 


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Mr.  &  Mrs.  Max  Gross  &  Family 

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ELLV  (;ross 



TRemont  2-9471  ^     _^  -            Same  Day  Service 

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All  work  (lone  on  premises 

822  E.  Tremont  Avenue                Bronx  60,  N.  Y. 



GR  7-8686  ALgonquin  4-8578 

Davidowitz's  Delicatessen 

Established   18H7 

88  Delancey  St. 

New  York 

Lessin-Liberty  Paper  Box 
Company,  Inc. 

So.  Norwalk,  Connecticut 

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236  Fifth  Avenue  New  York,  N.  "i . 

Howard  M.  Attell.  Pres. 






B  .    GORDON 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  SAMUEL  BECKER 

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G  E  R  S  H  O  N 

F    R    I    S     C    H 


New  York  17.  N.  Y. 



N.  Y.  Office:  1549-47th  STREET 

GE  8-6544  Brooklyn  19.  N.  Y. 




CYpre^s  9-7444  Bronx  57,  N.  Y. 

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Dr.  &  Mrs.  MAX  I.  ROSEN 

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Newark,  N.  .1. 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  JACK  PALEFSKI 

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N.  Y.  C. 







From  His  Relatives  and  Friends 

MOTHER   and   DAD 

MR.   and   MRS.   JOSEPH  REZAK 
MR.   and  MRS.   WM.   RINDNER 
MR.   and   MRS.   ELIAS   WOLF 



404  WEST  147th  STREET 
N.  Y.  C. 


NEWARK.  N.  J. 

&  SONS,  INC.  (N.Y.) 

New  York  7.  N.  Y. 


Boston  Office 

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N.  Y.  C. 

First  Counter  on  the  Right 

WAlker  5-9338  WOrth  6-: 


N.  Y.  C. 

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Sioux  City  Packing  Corp. 

.  .  .   WHOLESALE  CUT  MEATS  .  .   . 


ORegon  5-3600  N.  Y.  14,  N.  Y. 

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Rabbi  Yehudah  E.  and 

Shosbanab  R.  Perkin 

Jersey  City,  N.  J. 

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on  his  graduation 

Mr.  &  Mrs.  ISRAEL  ROTH 

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New  York 

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of  ELIZABETH,  N.  J. 
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on  his  graduation 

Mr.  &  Mrs.  ECKSTEIN 

Long  Beach,  L.  I. 

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I.  A  R  R  Y 

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New  York  19,  N.  Y. 

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M.   BOYLON  &  CO. 



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Mr.  &  Mrs.  MILTON  OHL 
and  ARNOLD 

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Mr.  &  Mrs.  D.  KRAMER 
and  FAMILY 





657  WEST  181st  STREET 
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Mr.  &  Mrs.  S.  KLEINMAN 


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J.    ADLER 

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